Fire SafetyWestminster Compliance | 12/10/2017
There are many people who are now worried about the safety of the block of flats they live in, there are also many hotels, hospitals, schools, office blocks and other commercial buildings that might be at risk. If you live or work in such a place then you need to find out who is responsible for your safety and what protective measures have been put in place.
Legislation dictates that fire risk assessments should occur regularly in almost all buildings except for residential houses. The legislation also requires a new fire risk assessment following any structural changes to a building. Again this does not apply to houses that are purely used as private individual dwellings.
The assessment should be carried out by someone that the owner believes is competent to do so. This is very open to interpretation: some assessments can be undertaken using a simple common-sense approach. On the other hand, there are many serving and retired members of the fire and rescue service who offer this service commercially. However not everyone who has put fires out is qualified to advise on fire safety. There are various levels of fire safety qualification. Basic qualifications in fire risk assessment does not include warehouses, houses of multi occupancy, office blocks and certainly not tower blocks.
Find out who is responsible for your safety, find out if there has been a fire risk assessment in your building and find out who conducted it. You have the right to demand to see what has been written about the safety of your block of flats or your place of work. You might even want to learn about basic fire safety by taking this inexpensive piece of on line training: http://westminstercompliance.co.uk/e-learning/fire-safety/
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