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The Ultimate Guide for Fire Safety in Student Accommodation

How to comply with fire safety legislations.

Student accommodation providers are responsible for complying with fire safety legislation and giving advice to their tenants on the fire safety arrangements and procedures. In residential sleeping accommodation premises covered by the Fire Safety Order, “the responsible person” should have considered the materials used for external cladding, insulation and wall systems to ensure that these features would not assist fire spread.

Fire Safety Risk Assessment for Student Accommodation

Legislation requires that landlords carry out Fire Safety Risk Assessments in all areas of the properties. As a landlord, you will have a significant level of responsibility to carry out Fire Safety Risk Assessments, identifying potential fire hazards and ensuring complete fire safety. A Fire Safety Risk Assessment will identify any fire hazards and who is at risk and decide if anything needs to be done to remove or reduce that risk.

Any properties that do not comply with fire safety legislation can be inspected by fire inspection officers and there can be legal action taken in respect of prohibition or enforcement notices.

Fire Safety Equipment for Student Accommodation

The most common items of fire safety equipment used in student accommodation are interlinking fire alarms, networked fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide detectors, fire doors, fire extinguishers and fire blankets.  Stove guards can also be used in high-risk environments as they can detect high temperatures and cut off electricity to the cooker in order to prevent a potential fire outbreak.

Smoke control plays an essential part in protecting means of escape in residential buildings. Fire Safety Risk Assessments ought to assess the suitability of the smoke control system and that there is sufficient evidence that the systems are maintained.

“Responsible Persons” should ensure that their Fire Safety Risk Assessments evaluate the performance of any fire doors within their premises and provide, where possible, that test evidence/certification is available to confirm performance.

Ensure Fire Safety in Your Student Accommodation

Fire safety measures that you need to have in place:

  • Smoke or heat detectors should be installed in every bedroom and kitchen and in some properties, depending on the building design, may also include sprinklers, wet risers and automatic smoke ventilation
  • Fire detection systems in all of the buildings
  • Fire alarms should be connected to a central monitoring service in the vast majority of the buildings
  • All fire safety systems are subject to routine servicing and maintenance in accordance with British Standards

Consulting a compliance expert will ensure that you comply with all regulations.

Got a question about fire and safety regulations for student accommodation? Need help with a Fire Safety Risk Assessment or installing a Fire Alarm System? 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

The Ultimate Guide for Fire Safety in Student Accommodation
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