Residential Fire Risk Assessment
Assisting managing agents and duty holders to understand and fulfil their legal responsibilities in accordance with the health and safety legislation
Your duty to manage the risk of fire
The introduction of the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 has placed a responsibility on landlords and property managers to manage fire safety within premises under their control.
The responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions needed to comply with the requirements.
This activity should entail a visit to the site by a competent person to assess the property and apply the principles of fire risk factors and current benchmark standards for fire mitigation in residential properties. The findings should be documented.
Where it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate identified risk, the responsible person must apply measures to control the risk and mitigate the detrimental effects of fire
The assessment must be reviewed by the responsible person regularly as to keep it up-to-date. Kendon Safety can advise on a strategy for determining the frequency of property re-inspections.