Rented Domestic Premises / Fire Risk Assessments
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005 comes into effect on 1 April 2006. It applies across England and Wales and will affect all non-domestic premises and certain activities taking place outdoors.
These changes rationalised and consolidates over 118 pieces of workplace fire legislation including repealing and revoking the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997. The main change will be in emphasis towards risk reduction and fire prevention.
As a result of the changes Fire certificates will no longer be issued by fire and rescue authorities but they will still continue to inspect premises and enforce in premises.
Fire statistics for the United Kingdom, published by the department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that in 2006 there were 363 deaths from fire in dwellings, of which 111 were within multiple occupancy buildings. In addition there were a total of 11,200 non-fatal injuries recorded. Statistically, most fires involving casualties occur at night.
Within the rented sector the obligation is to ensure that the requirements of the RRO are complied with and for those outside the provision of social housing (Housing Associations and Local Authorities) the assessments will need to be focused upon the common parts of premises. Further special arrangements are in place for establishments such as hospitals as well as residential care premises and sleep accommodation such as hostels refuges and HMO’s.
At Thames Laboratories we are able to provide assistance in complying with the requirements of the RRO.
Click on the links below for more information on our fire services.
Submit your fire enquiry here.
Other services include: