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Can I do Fire Risk Assessments myself?

A Fire Safety Risk Assessment can be carried out by a “competent person“.

Legal guidelines state that a Fire Safety Risk Assessment can be carried out by a “competent person“. This does not necessarily mean you have to use a qualified Fire Risk Assessor. However, it is essential that the person conducting the Fire Safety Risk Assessment is competent to carry out the task and has access to relevant information and support.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) requires that a Fire Safety Risk Assessment be carried out by the “Responsible Person” in virtually all non-domestic premises.

Anyone who has control of the premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a “Responsible Person”.  For example, it could be:

  • An employer
  • A managing agent or owner of shared premises
  • The occupier such as self-employed persons or voluntary organisations
  • Any other person that has some control over part of the premises

The Regulatory Reform Order is a risk assessment-based regime.

As a “Responsible Person“ you must manage any fire risk on your premises, to do this you must:

  • carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment of the premises and review it regularly
  • tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
  • plan what to do in the event of a fire emergency
  • provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

Businesses employing more than five people also have a responsibility to record the substantive findings and resulting actions identified and taken as a consequence of the Fire Safety Risk Assessment. This legally enforceable requirement is imposed on both the “Responsible Person” and or any other person deemed as having control over part of the premises. Each needs to carry out their own Fire Safety Risk Assessment.

In order to assist responsible person(s), the Government has produced a series of downloadable guides, each typically 150 pages thick and applying to different premises categories. The responsible person(s) should read and imbibe the appropriate guide and produce a Fire Safety Risk Assessment specific to the building(s) for which they are responsible.

The Government has categorised premises into 11 different types and produced a guide for each category to assist ‘responsible persons’ in understanding and fulfilling their responsibilities.

The premises types are detailed below.

What is the penalty for not having a Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

Fire Safety Risk Assessments should be carried out at regular intervals so that you can identify and remedy any fire hazards, and ensure your premises are compliant with fire safety legislation. The penalty for not having a Fire Safety Risk Assessment and, in particular, not having implemented the correct fire safety precautions, is prosecution resulting in severe fines, or in cases of extreme negligence, a prison sentence.

Got a question about Fire Safety Risk Assessments? Need a Fire Safety Compliance advice?  Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

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STEP 1:
STEP 2:
You provide a suitable up to date drawing of your building in either:
  • Hard copy
  • PDF
  • Or preferably AutoCAD (dwg) format
Depending on the availability of installation records and the complexity of the building, we arrange a visit to identify the zone number associated with each Fire Alarm Manual Call Point and Fire Detector (for practicality this may involve two engineers).
STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is created.
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is supplied in A4 or A3 glazed frame for installation adjacent to your Fire Alarm Panel.

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

False Fire Alarms remain a huge concern within the education sector- interrupting already carefully scheduled, planned and well-prepared lessons or even causing major disruption and distress to exams.  

Clearly, these false alarms cause significant inconvenience and disruption to students, staff, and visitors. They compromise everyone’s safety in the school and present a significant risk to the local community since the Fire Brigade will prioritise the school over other emergency callouts.

Solutions you should consider:

Anti-tamper products

The first and most straightforward way is to use anti-tamper products.

Fixfire® supplies a wide range of solutions designed to protect Fire Alarm Devices from inadvertent damage or deliberate misuse/vandalism.

Products include:

  • Local plastic cover flaps which attach directly to manual call points.
  • The stopper consists of a clear, tamperproof, tough polycarbonate cover, frame and spacer that retrofits over a break glass call point. When lifted to operate the break glass unit, its optional battery powered integral sounder emits a piercing 96dB (at 1m). Immediate attention is drawn to the area and a prankster will either run or be caught!
  • A range of steel web stoppers designed to protect fire detectors and warning devices. They are constructed from heavy-duty galvanised steel rod which is plastic-coated for durability and external use.
  • A range of polycarbonate enclosures are available for the protection of devices such as fire alarm control panels and associated control equipment. The enclosures combine tough rugged construction with stylish design and offer excellent protection with a key lock for authorised access.

We also provide anti-tamper devices for fire extinguishers and associated products.

KeyCall® Call Point

KeyCall® is a patented anti-ligature Fire Alarm and Access Control call point. It is designed to use the same key as the doors, providing simple operation for staff whilst eliminating nuisance activations by service-users.

KeyCall® has been developed by Fixfire® specifically for approved applications where standard versions would be vulnerable to abuse.

It is one of the best solutions for SEN schools and it is also compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems.

Conduct Fire Safety Training

Most fire safety courses offer a mix of classroom-based learning and practical training experience, educating attendees on how to respond in the event of an emergency.

 In order to fulfil your obligations under current Fire Safety Law, it is essential that you have a documented regime of Fire Safety tests and checks and personnel who are suitably trained to respond correctly in the event of an emergency.

All Fire Safety Training is provided by experienced, time-served and qualified persons from a Fire Safety background.

Video surveillance

Even if the cameras don't identify the culprit, they can identify who was in the area at the time of the false alarm activation. Fixfire® specialises in integration and will bring together your Fire, Access and Security systems providing enhanced functionality.

Fixfire® provides leading-edge integration with ancillary systems and equipment. Our mission is to deliver reliable, well-engineered installations that provide you with peace of mind 24/7.

Place fire detectors in the correct locations

Smoke detectors that are placed too close to kitchens, cooking appliances, locker rooms or bathrooms will most likely be accidentally activated by the smoke or steam emitted by these sources. Detectors might need to be relocated.

Smoke detectors are more sensitive and are installed in any environment where smoke or steam would not normally be present. Heat detectors are installed in areas such as kitchens where smoke detectors would constantly false alarm during routine cooking. Multi-sensors combine smoke and heat in one detector and offer immunity to false alarms in certain applications.

Use the right detector

New detectors have improved technology and can measure a range of conditions to potentially be more effective at detecting a fire condition.

Flush Fire Detectors ensure protection is not compromised in any areas where conventional ‘un-pluggable’ detection could be subject to abuse. It is widely used in SEN Schools.

Maintain your Fire System

Make sure the alarm system is properly and regularly maintained.

Fixfire® is BAFE accredited for the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Servicing of Fire Alarm Systems.

All works are carried out by our employed, uniformed and trained Fire Alarm engineers.
Following each visit, a Certificate of Inspection is issued.

Got a question about False Fire Alarms? Need Fire Safety Compliance advice?  Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999

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