What is an Fire Risk Assessment?
A Fire Risk Assessment is a report that confirms the condition of the property in relations to fire safety. The report includes recommendations of how to improve the property and also anything that must be rectified. Any property with a licence is usually required to have a Fire Risk Assessment. This certificate is usually valid until either 12 months has passed or until a change is made to the property.
How do I get a Fire Risk Assessment?
If you are renting out a single dwelling to a family you can perform a Fire Risk Assessment yourself if you feel sufficiently competent/knowledgeable about fire safety. Otherwise you should hire a professional to perform the assessment for you. We recommend using Safe2rent for your property safety certificates https://www.nrla.org.uk/services/property-compliance/safe2rent
Where can I find more information?
For more information please use the following link https://www.nrla.org.uk/resources/looking-after-your-property/fire-safety-risk-assessment
Where can I find training on this topic?
The NRLA offer a multitude of courses for our members to increase their knowledge and improve their skills as a landlord. You can find training on Fire Safety and other topics. You can attend these courses in a classroom, eClassroom or eLearning depending on your preference.
What are the general requirements for those caught by building safety and/or fire safety regulations?
Responsible persons will have to follow two key requirements –
Providing fire safety instructions to occupants
Providing information on fire doors in the property
Fire Safety Instructions
Fire safety instructions must include :
The evacuation strategy for the building (e.g. stay put or simultaneous evacuation)
Instructions on how to report a fire (e.g. use of 999 or 112, correct address to give to the fire and rescue service, etc.)
Any other instructions that tell residents what they must do when a fire has occurred
Fire Door Instructions
Information on the fire doors must state:
Fire doors should be shut when not in use
Residents or their guests should not tamper with self-closing devices on fire doors
Residents should report any fault with, or damage to, fire doors immediately to the responsible person