Is Your Fire System Going to Work?

Is Your Fire System Going to Work?

House Fire

Is Your Fire System Going to Work?

Here's a brief guide on fire safety aimed at buildings which have been constructed or adapted for use as domestic dwellings.

 

Although many domestic or residential properties may not require a fire risk assessment an organised and methodical look at your premises is always recommended, taking into account the activities carried on there and the likelihood that a fire may start which could cause harm to those in and around the premises.

 

Following the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 there was no specific recommendation made other than Private sector landlords were required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

 

However the landlord also has a duty of care to ensure that the system is suitable, properly installed and maintained automatic fire detection and warning system will alert occupiers to the presence of a fire in its early stages enabling them to evacuate to a place of total safety before the escape routes become blocked by smoke or directly affected by fire. Specific attention should be made to the type of alarm system that is installed into a property such as multi level properties where battery alarms are not sufficient. The system should wake people who are sleeping (who may otherwise be asphyxiated by smoke before being able to escape). It should also alert the presence of a developing fire in any hidden areas such as boiler rooms, storerooms, cellars and other potentially unoccupied risk areas before that fire affects the escape route.

 

More detailed information can be found by following the links below:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/contents/made