Scroll down to view a video where our Health & Safety expert discusses the Fire Safety Act, with emphasis placed on flat entrance door inspections
The Fire Safety Act 2021, which officially passed the parliamentary process on April 29th, is a major focal point within the property market at present, given its considerable impact on residential blocks across England and Wales. Following the Grenfell tragedy, the Fire Safety Act amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and brings, among other things, flat entrance doors within the scope of ‘non-domestic premises’, such as the communal areas of multi-occupied residential buildings. Therefore, flat entrance doors that directly impact common parts of the building from now on will need to be inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are self-closing and fire resistant for at least 30 minutes. This is a preventative measure, designed to eliminate smoke and fire from spreading onto the common parts.
The Fire Safety Act now holds the ‘Responsible Person’ (i.e. the Freeholder, RMC) accountable for managing fire risk and checking that all necessary assessments are performed. This means that the Responsible Person is the accountable party for ensuring that the individual apartment entrance doors meet a certain criteria and are well maintained.
HML’s Head of Health & Safety, David Flack, has provided valuable insight by answering the most popular questions on this subject. Please click on the video below to watch the full interview.
At HML we take our clients’ safety seriously and we are on hand to assist with such fire issues related to your property. Our dedicated team of Health & Safety qualified professionals can perform fire risk assessments and inspections on flat entrance doors as well as the common parts of your property. All inspections are carried out in house which lets our clients have full visibility of the work performed. In this way, they can check the progress of the work and ensure that any repairs required are completed to the highest industry standards.