The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005 requires a ‘responsible person’ to carry out, implement and maintain a fire safety risk assessment for the common/shared areas of blocks of flats. This is to ensure the safety of all residents, visitors or employees to the property. Fire Officers have the authority to enter and carry out inspections both to the exterior and internally for which the Fire Authorities have a statutory duty to ensure compliance.

In addition to ensuring the safety of people, areas covered by a fire risk assessment will be required to check the following:

  1. Ignition sources and flammable materials;
  2. Fire-fighting equipment, i.e. extinguishers;
  3. Fire doors;
  4. Smoke detection;
  5. Escape routes and evacuation procedures.


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