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FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS

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If fire broke out, would you be confident that you’d done everything possible to minimise the risks?

The first step towards achieving this peace of mind is a fire risk assessment. It’s a legal responsibility for those in charge of non-domestic buildings or communal areas in shared housing.

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If you haven’t completed a fire risk assessment and made any necessary changes to your fire safety protection, you are at risk of heavy fines and a possible prison sentence. So, why not let us help you avoid that outcome and get to grips with what’s required?

If you need more information about fire risk assessments or other fire safety services that we provide, call us today on 0800 0830131 or complete this short form and we will be in touch right away:

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WHAT IS A FIRE RISK ASSESMENT?

Since it came into force on 1 October 2006, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) has required a ‘responsible person’ to make sure a fire risk assessment is in place, carried out either by themselves or someone else who is deemed competent. In Scotland, they might refer to a ‘duty holder’, or ‘appropriate person’ in Northern Ireland, but they all mean the same.

Prior to 1 October 2006, you might have come across fire certificates which some premises were required by law to possess.

The new legislation in 2006 did away with fire certificates and prescriptive fire codes as well as around 150 pieces of legislation which were outdated and challenging, to say the least, to decipher.

The main change in the RRO was the introduction of the concept of individual risk assessments. This enabled individuals to create personalized plans for assessing and mitigating fire safety risks in their premises.

It also helps those in charge to decide if their building needs remedial works and updates to ensure it is legally compliant.

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DOES EVERY BUSINESS HAVE TO DO A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

If you’re one of the ‘responsible person’ categories described in the RRO, it’s a legal requirement that you have a fire risk assessment. Furthermore, if your business has five or more employees, you must have it documented in writing and keep a copy on the premises.

Our fire risk assessment reports are detailed, thorough and carried out by highly qualified assessors in accordance with the latest safety guidance known as PAS79. We will advise you on what’s necessary (a legal requirement) and what’s advisable.

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WHAT IF SOMETHING CHANGES IN MY BUILDING?

Fire risk assessments are not a one-off. You are expected to review yours regularly. And if something changes in your building or to the type of work you do, your current assessment might be no longer valid.

It’s always worth checking with an assessor, especially if there has been significant changes in your business.

If you don’t, remember you’ll be liable for any adverse effects resulting from a fire.

HOW DO I KNOW THE ASSESSOR HASN’T MADE A MISTAKE?

Your legal duty as a responsible person is to make sure whoever carries out your assessment is competent. If you can prove that the assessor you used demonstrated their competence, your legal duty is discharged. But what does that actually mean?

At the Silver Group, we only use highly qualified, independent assessors. With third party accreditation in place, you can be sure that their competence is proven giving you peace of mind from the outset.

In addition to completing your fire risk assessment, they can also give you advice on maintenance required for your existing equipment. However, because they’re independent, they’re not motivated to sell you upgrades you don’t need. You don’t even need to use us for additional work or equipment they recommend. The best of both worlds.

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE ASSESSMENT TAKES PLACE?

Our assessors will send a detailed report containing:

  • A written report of what was observed on your premises
  • An evaluation of those observations
  • A list of recommendations
  • Photos to document the written report
  • A detailed action plan with key deliverables and timings

WHAT IF I DECIDE NOT TO BOTHER WITH A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

We can’t stress this enough. If you are a responsible person as defined in the RRO, this should NEVER be an option. You have a legal duty to make sure your business, employees and any occupants of your premises are protected if fire breaks out. Gambling with people’s lives and with your livelihood is simply unacceptable.

If you do not manage fire risks on premises for which you’re responsible, the authorities are compelled by law to enforce compliance using statutory notices. And if you continue to flout the law, it’s likely you’ll be prosecuted. We’re seeing harsher and harsher penalties being issued by the courts as a warning signal to would-be offenders. Prison sentences are not uncommon.

Ask yourself, is it really worth the aggravation and the uncertainty, plus serious disruption to your business?

ADDITIONAL SERVICES YOU MAY REQUIRE

FIRE ALARM MAINTENANCE

Take care of your fire alarms and they’ll take care of you, for years to come. Our technicians are highly skilled in fire alarm maintenance and will keep you and your business protected 24/7.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS MAINTENANCE

Fire extinguishers are vulnerable to misuse and damage so it’s worth checking them yourself on a regular basis. We can also schedule maintenance visits to keep your equipment in tip-top condition.

EMERGENCY LIGHTING MAINTENANCE

Don’t wait to find out during an emergency that your lighting is faulty. Regular maintenance visits from our skilled technicians will ensure that you’re always prepared.

FIRE DOOR INSPECTION

Fire doors are one of the most important tools in your fire protection arsenal. The right door can protect building inhabitants until emergency services arrive. They really are the difference between life and death.

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Want to know more about Fire Risk Assessments?

For a greater understanding about fire risk assessments and why you must have one and act on it for your business, take a look at our blog.

Have an Enquiry?

If you need further help, information or advice on any of our services, please give us a call.

Call our head office on: 0800 083 0131

or if you would prefer to email, email us at:

info@silver-group.co.uk

You can also call us on one of our local numbers below:

South Bedfordshire

01582 412000

Covering:

Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Harpenden and surrounding area.

North Bedfordshire

01234 880539

Covering:

Bedford, Biggleswade, Sandy and surrounding area.

Hertfordshire

01923 728011

Covering:

Hatfield, Hitchin, St. Albans, Stevenage, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and surrounding area.

Buckinghamshire

01908 711554

Covering:

Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell, Slough and surrounding area.

Northamptonshire

01604 726565

Covering:

Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Towcester, Wellingborough and surrounding area.

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