Fire risk – first action
The Fire Safety Order (FSO) 2005 makes business owners, and those responsible for business premises, ultimately responsible for the fire risk assessments for rented properties and making safe their places of work.
If you are a letting agent, or an apartment block management company, in assessing fire risk, you should complete a suitable and satisfactory fire risk assessment in rented properties. Then identify the general fire precautions to comply with the laws, and keep people safe. Article 9 in the Order needs your attention. (link to order etc?) Carefully examine the prohibitions detailed here as they might affect you.
So what should you include for a fire risk assessment in rented properties?
- Smoke detection
- Means of escape
- Emergency lighting
- Firefighting equipment
- Emergency procedures
- Identify preventative measures to reduce the opportunity for a fire to start and spread
Then decide who is going to undertake the assessment and how to provide suitable protective measures .