The UK has strict fire safety laws, which is a good thing. While tragedy still sometimes occurs, it would happen more often if we didn’t adhere to fire safety laws. Building owners, landlords or employers in non-domestic buildings are held accountable for complying with the fire safety laws and failure to do so can result in hefty fines and even imprisonment.
The ‘Responsible People’ must take certain measures to improve the fire safety within their buildings if they are responsible for residents or employees, for example. It includes all commercial premises and workplaces. This includes all public areas and shared spaces in residential buildings that have more than one occupant. To find out more about the importance of a Fire Risk Assessment Bristol, go to http://keloscape.co.uk/areas-we-cover/fire-safety-consultancy-bristol
The following are the responsibilities of landlords, owners and occupiers:
- Assign someone to be responsible for ensuring that fire risk assessments are conducted
- Review and complete these fire risk assessments
- Provide information about fire safety training to tenants and staff
- Assemble emergency response plans and adhere to safety procedures
Fires can cause devastating damage to both persons and property. Therefore, fire risk identification is a crucial part of any risk management strategy. It is also important to note that failing to take action will lead to serious penalties.
It’s important to hire a professional who has a lot of experience, skills, and training. These fire assessment professionals can provide a comprehensive service and identify all risks that might be present in a building in terms of a fire igniting and evacuation plans. A professional membership in the appropriate organisation is also required. They should have knowledge in the following areas.
Assess all fire risks
Identify which materials are more flammable and how fires spread
Understanding modern building construction
The behaviour of people in an emergency situation
Fire safety systems
What should be considered during an assessment of fire risk
Fire safety equipment that is modern and functional
Evacuation routes, fire exits and emergency routes clearly marked
Fire alarms that work and detect and warn of fire
Safe storage of hazardous materials
Included in the assessment should be considerations of vulnerable individuals such as children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.