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Managing Director Darren Baird Answers 3 Big Questions for the Landlord Zone


Total Fire Services MD Darren Baird, appointed Fire Safety expert on popular forum 'The Landlord Zone', has recently answered 3 commonly asked questions regarding fire risk assessments in the property letting world. Risk assessments are crucial to remain compliant with fire safety regulations, to save your premises and more importantly your tenants from the potentially deadly consequences of fire.

Darren shares his advice and tips surrounding the 3 big questions:

Do I need a fire risk assessment?


"If you are the Landlord of any type of property, you must have an up to date fire safety assessment unless you fill ALL of the following criteria:
  • The property is a private residence, what the Fire Safety Order terms as a “domestic premises”
  • The property is being let as a single domestic premises
  • The property is not subdivided in any way i.e. a mix of residential and commercial
  • The property is not sublet in any way
  • There are no shared or common areas”

How regularly do I need to update my Fire Risk Assessment?


It can be tricky for landlords to pinpoint exactly when they need risk assessments updating.

“There is no legal right answer to this, since the Fire Safety Order 2005 simply states that it must be reviewed when it is no longer valid, when significant changes have taken place and is to be kept up to date.”

Use 12 months as a guide, but if in doubt at all get in touch with your local fire safety specialists who will update you on whether or not your risk assessment needs updating.

Oh, but I did my own Fire Risk Assessment using this template I downloaded online...


“In this I must be blunt: the average person is not competent enough in fire safety to undertake an FRA anywhere near adequate for what is required. Indeed the assessors I use are not only highly experienced ex-firefighters, they have also undertaken further training and attained industry accreditations in their own right.”

If in doubt, get someone qualified and competent to do so. Total Fire Services have recently received external certification by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) for the BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme

Read the full blog post here and read Darren's full Landlord Zone article here

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The Importance of Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor - fire safety legislation in the UK is something that you need to pay close attention to. Recently, an important document 'A Guide To Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor' was released that will help responsible persons and duty holders make the right decisions for their premises.

The guide looks into why you should carry out fire risk assessments and choosing the right fire assessment company to give you complete confidence that you are receiving professional fire safety advice and service.

READ THE FULL POST HERE
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