Today, it is understandable that a lot of attention is paid to health and safety regulations of all kinds. Whether it’s electrical safety standards or fire safety regulations, there is little room for compromise when it comes to ensuring that the proper procedures and features are in place to ensure the safety of all people in public and private spaces.
When it comes to the fire safety of the floor, a fire risk assessment is essential. It is a way of assessing the condition of a building and highlighting areas that may require attention before residents can safely inhabit the property. Depending on the results of this assessment, a legally responsible person, such as a building owner or manager, is required to make a number of changes.
These changes will be governed by the latest government fire safety regulations and should always be implemented with the professional help of a qualified expert, to ensure that all considerations are taken into account and that the correct changes are made to the property.
What is a fire risk assessment like?
A fire risk assessment is a process in addition to a physical record. Once the inspection is done by a professional, a legally registered document will be created outlining the various aspects of fire safety on any property. This document should be kept with care, as it may be inspected by security authorities in the future.
Also, the document must be renewed or replaced after the last fire safety assessment. Ultimately, your fire safety document will include all recommendations related to fire safety rules to be implemented by the property manager.
Who is responsible?
When it comes to the fire risk assessment of apartments, the owners or management agents acting on behalf of the free owner, or the free owner himself, have a legal responsibility to organize a fire risk assessment. However, the owner or managing agent must formally designate a responsible person who will be responsible for maintaining a fire risk assessment. The name of this person must be officially registered.
Continuous maintenance of fire safety measures
Floors must be designed with fire safety rules in mind. For example, the law requires that all apartment buildings undergo a fire risk assessment before tenants are allowed to live in them. This applies to both converted houses and purpose built apartments.
Aspects that need to be designed to improve overall building security will include things like common areas and entry doors, where fire resistant materials are generally needed to limit the possibility of fires spreading rapidly. In theory, the role of a property manager or owner is to ensure that existing precautions are maintained and replaced as necessary.
However, sometimes it is necessary for new changes to be added to a property because they are not included in the original building design or updates to government regulations, which means that additional protection is needed.
If, for any reason, there are concerns about the building’s ability to protect its inhabitants from fire and reduce the risk of a fire spreading to other buildings, further evaluation may be necessary.
Basic principles of a fire risk assessment for floors
The measures necessary for the security of a building are not the same for all buildings, since there are many things to take into account, such as the age of the building, its proximity to other buildings, its size or even its location, distribution. Therefore, it is important to always seek the advice of professionals, who can make the assessment based on all the important factors that will affect the fire safety of your building.