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Fire Safety Regulations in Care Homes

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 & The Care Home Regulations Act (2001)

The care home environment presents unique challenges as residents might not have the ability to evacuate safely on their own. By law, all care homes in England are responsible to meet national standards of quality and safety.

The legal framework for Fire & Safety regulations in care premises is based on two laws:

1. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform Oder (Fire Safety Order) (RRO) is probably one of the most significant changes in fire safety legislation this country has ever seen. Under the RRO, the responsibility for Fire Safety lies with the care provider and with a responsible person such as a registered manager or owner.

The RRO is a Risk Assessment-based regime, and it is designed to provide a minimum fire safety standard. The government has issued different guides for different sectors including residential care premises.  It also provides detailed guidelines on how to carry out Fire Safety Risk Assessments, keep them up to date and how to adjust the document if there is a change in a building layout. This guide is intended for non-domestic residential premises with staff in attendance at all times and where many, most or all of the residents would require carer assistance to be safe in the event of a fire.

These could include:

  • residential and nursing homes
  • rehabilitation premises providing residential treatment and care for addiction
  • care homes and care homes with nursing

2. The Care Home Regulations Act (2001)

The Care Home Regulations Act (2001), sets out minimum standards for Care Homes. It includes a comprehensive exploration of many subjects such as: appointment of managers and registered persons, conduct of care homes, resident health and welfare, complaints and admin, fitness of employees.

It also lays out regulations for Fire Safety, a vital element of safeguarding vulnerable residents, who will often need special attention and care during fire emergencies.

As the manager or owner of a care facility, there are several key responsibilities under this regulation, such as:

  • Consulting fire authorities for advice on the best fire safety strategy to implement in your care facility
  • To undertake all the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of a fire occurring
  • Make arrangements for the fire detection systems
  • Ensure the regular maintenance and compliance of fire safety equipment
  • Be responsible for the training of care home staff, and the appointment of competent fire wardens for the premises
  • Organise regular fire drills to practice evacuation procedures

Compliance with these laws should be a high priority to a care home manager or owner as non-compliance could have serious legal consequences or even put lives in risk. The starting point could be to ensure that your Fire Safety Risk Assessment is suitable, sufficient, and up to date.

Got a question about Fire Risk Assessments? 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.

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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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