Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 are now in force in England
From today, Monday 23rd January, new legislation states that building owners or responsible persons (RP's) for multi-occupied residential buildings must take additional steps when managing fire safety within their buildings.
These new regulations are a major step towards implementing the recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry - Phase 1 report and include a number of risk-mitigating fire safety measures designed to keep the public safe.
What has changed?
This legislation applies to all residential buildings made up of two or more domestic premises, including mixed-use buildings. The specific actions responsible persons need to take depend on the building height they are responsible for.
In high-rise residential buildings, responsible persons will be required to:
- Provide their local fire and rescue service with up-to-date electronic building plans and information on the design and materials of their external wall
- Provide residents with relevant fire safety instructions and information on fire doors.
- Undertake monthly checks of firefighting lifts, evacuation lifts and other key pieces of firefighting equipment
- Install and maintain a secure information box detailing this specific fire safety information and wayfinding signage
In mid-rise residential buildings (over 11 metres), responsible persons will be required to undertake annual checks of flat entrance doors and quarterly checks of all fire doors in the common parts.
Harris Associates can offer a bespoke solution to enable you to comply with the latest legislation. We are experts in the field of statutory compliance and fire safety-related matters with experienced and qualified technicians, surveyors, engineers, and project managers. We have national coverage (England and Wales) and we can help with all aspects of façade remediation from FRAEWs through to the coordination and delivery of complex façade remediation contracts.
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