Frequently Asked Questions on Fire Protection and Fire Stopping

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What is fire safety?

Fire safety is a set of practices that are intended to reduce the destruction to lives and buildings caused by fire. Practices can include strategies to prevent a fire from starting and to reduce the spread if a fire were to take place.

Who is responsible for enforcing fire safety legislation?

Both the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) and local council Private Sector Housing Teams are responsible for enforcing the fire safety legislation, on the majority of premises.

How often should a fire risk assessment be reviewed?

There are no rules set out for fire risk assessments but it is advised that they are to be reviewed ‘regularly’.

Who should carry out a fire risk assessment?

A qualified/responsible person should carry out a fire risk assessment. It is then up to the property owner or occupant to implement any measures deemed necessary to make a properly safe.

What is a fire risk assessment?

A fire risk assessment usually involves a regular undertaking to review the risks to prevent fire and protect occupants in the event of a fire.

How do you prevent fires from spreading in the workplace?

Preventing fires from spreading in the workplace can be straight forward if good housekeeping is implemented. Great examples of good housekeeping can be enforcing the correct and relevant training, abiding by the fire safety rules, keeping good electrical safety, creating a safe smoking area and up to date security.

Do you need fire doors in a rented property?

Under fire safety regulations in England & Wales, fire doors are only required in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) if they are likely to be used as an escape route in the event of a fire.

How do you protect a home from fire?

There are many simple steps to protect a home from a fire. Good housekeeping is will always help prevent a fire from starting, like never overloading sockets or keeping electrics safe throughout a property. There are also things we can purchase to help prevent a fire from spreading. A working smoke alarm to alert you the moment smoke is detected. A fire blanket for when you are cooking.

Is a fire risk assessment a legal requirement for flats?

It is a legal requirement to have flats undergo a full fire risk assessment. This includes purpose built flats and houses that have been converted in to flats or shared accommodation.

Do I need a fire safety certificate?

If you are just starting up or you area running a business then yes, you will definitely need to look into your fire safety certificate.

Do curtains need to be fire resistant?

There is no law stating that fire resistant curtains are needed in a property. However, it is advisable, to reduce the risk of a fire spreading throughout a property.

What is a passive fire protection system?

A product or system that provides protection to the building and occupants without further change or requirement for activation or motion, for example fire resistant dry-lining.

What is an active fire protection system?

Active fire protection, on the other hand, focuses on some sort of action to stop a fire. Some of these systems are automatic, such as a sprinkler system, and others may be manual, like a fire extinguisher. Fire alarms, smoke detectors, and even firefighters are all considered active fire protection systems.

What does a p2 fire alarm protect?

P1 protects the whole building, P2 is installed in defined parts of the building only.