If you are the landlord of a block of residential flats, you are usually responsible for fire safety compliance in communal areas. As these are likely to also be the exit routes for the residents, they are vital to any evacuation plan. There are plenty of nuances when it comes to the law in this area. To ensure that you are compliant, you need to carry out a formal fire risk assessment. Residential flats are one of the types of property that we have experience working with at Bison Assist. We can help you create an action plan to bring your building up to standard and create a timetable for future checks and maintenance.
What is ‘a risk’?
First of all, a risk is the likelihood of a hazard to cause harm. When it comes to fire safety, there are two aspects that we assess: potential hazards and risks. The former is anything that is likely to cause an issue. The second is the chance that it will happen. Once we have identified hazards and evaluated the risks, we make recommendations and offer advice to help eradicate or minimise both. The hazards that we come across vary with each fire risk assessment. Residential flats might have some or all of the following:
- Blocked exits
- Improperly maintained warning equipment
- Inadequate firefighting equipment
- Poor signage
- Bad lighting
- Hazardous or flammable materials
Modern flats will have stringent fire safety measures built into the design. The risk and level of work required will be higher for bigger, older buildings. You may also need to consider any special matters/conditions that apply to your residents based on their age and/or physical capabilities. We help you take all this into account when we carry out your fire risk assessment.
You need to re-evaluate the fire safety measures in your flats at regular intervals. The exact timeframe varies depending on the modernity of your premises. We establish an excellent working relationship with our clients from the outset so that you can rely on our services for years to come.
Get compliant fast
With Nationwide coverage, one of our Bison Assist representatives can visit your property as soon as possible, no matter where you are in the UK. Once you begin the process, you are already starting to fulfil your legal obligations. We can take you step-by-step through the process of ensuring you are fire safety compliant. Our team track the latest legislative developments to make sure you are up to date.