The Fire Safety Act 2021

What is the fire safety act 2021?

 

Following on from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower and subsequent Hackitt report the government identified numerous deficiencies with the Fire Safety Order 2005 so the Fire Safety Bill was introduced.

 

After the bill was passed it became known as the Fire Safety Act 2021.

 

This then paved the way for The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 where most of the recommendations from the Grenfell Report are included.

When is The Fire Safety Act 2021 in Force?

The current date for the act to come into force is the 23rd January 2023.

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

What are they?

  • Reg 4 Premise information boxes

  • Reg 5 Design & materials of external walls

  • Reg 6 Floor & building plans

  • Reg 7 Lifts & firefighting equipment

  • Reg 8 Information to residents

  • Reg 9 Information to Fire & Rescue Services

The Fire Safety Act 2021 and Responsible Person

The regulations you have to comply with as a landlord and responsible person all depends on the height of your building.

Buildings Below 11m

 

  • Fire Safety Instructions (shared with residents)

  • Fire Door Information (shared with residents)

 

Buildings of 11m to 18m

 

  • Fire Safety Instructions (shared with residents)

  • Fire Door Information (shared with residents)

  • Annual Flat Entrance Fire Door Check

  • Quarterly Common Areas Fire Door Check

 

 

Buildings 18m & over

 

  • Fire Safety Instructions (shared with residents)

  • Fire Door Information (shared with residents)

  • Fire Door Information (shared with residents)

  • Fire Door Information (shared with residents)

  • Annual Flat Entrance (Fire) Door Check

  • Annual Flat Entrance (Fire) Door Check

  • Quarterly Common Areas (Fire) Door Check

  • Quarterly Common Areas (Fire) Door Check

  • Install Wayfinding Signage (flat and floor numbers in stairwells

  • Install and maintain Secure Information Box (must contain contact details of RP and floor plans)

  • Conduct Monthly Lift Check (lifts intended for use by firefighters, and evacuation lifts)

  • Conduct Monthly Fire-Fighting Equipment

  • Check Defective Lift and Equipment Reporting to local FRS (reportable if the fault will take longer than 24 hours to fix)

  • Record Monthly Lift and Fire-Fighting Equipment Check

  • External Wall Systems information sharing with Fire and Rescue Service (design, materials, risks, mitigations)

  • Electronic Building Plans sharing with local FRS

 

 

It is essential that the management of your premises is demonstrated effectively with evidence been able to be provided to the regulators on request.

 

As previously mentioned, the steps you have to take will depend on the overall height of your building but if you need any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For all our current residential block customers, the above is already included within your fire risk assessment and will ensure you understand all your obligations in respect to The Fire Safety Act 2021.

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