Fire risk assessments for Church of England retirement homes

Church of England Pensions BoardSafelincs has undertaken fire risk assessments for retirement homes operated by the Church of England Pensions Board.
There are seven supported housing schemes around the country in the Midlands, West Sussex, Devon, Gloucestershire, Surrey, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. Each has approximately 30 self-contained flats for retired members of the clergy. In addition, all of them have large kitchens where communal meals are prepared, chapels, small offices, dining rooms and most of them also have residents’ lounges.
Under the Regulatory Fire Safety Order 2005 it is a requirement for all employers or owners of premises to carry out a fire risk assessment (FRA) for every workplace or premises for which they are responsible.

One of Safelincs’ professional fire risk assessors visited each of the seven locations, undertook a site analysis, recorded the findings and explained them to the person with responsibility for each site. The assessments looked at measures to reduce the risk of fire on the premises, reducing any potential spread of fire and the effective means of escape should a fire break out. Hazards were identified and eliminated or reduced.

A written FRA report was produced along with the necessary forms to allow each site to update its report in the future and to document any corrective actions that were carried out.

Safelincs obtained the work through the Parish Buying website, operated by the Church of England, which offers negotiated rates from core suppliers contracted by the Church of England on behalf of parishes, church schools and other church organisations. Safelincs is the selected supplier for all fire safety and H+S items and services. This includes a range of over 3500 fire safety products, such as fire safes, fire doors and fire alarm systems.

Ian Grace, Supported Housing Operations Manager for the Church of England Pensions Board commented: “Safelincs staff were courteous, easy to do business with and completed the work in a timely fashion.”

Servicing and fire risk assessments from Safelincs

At Safelincs, we are dedicated to fire safety. We provide over 3500 different fire safety products and services, such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets, smoke alarms, evacuation equipment and various other products to ensure that businesses and households around the UK are prepared and protected in the event of a fire.

Ensuring that any fire safety equipment in your premises is fully serviced is essential. Regularly having your fire extinguishers, fire blankets and other equipment serviced guarantees that, in the event of a fire, you can count on your equipment to protect your employees, colleagues or family.
We can provide fire extinguisher and fire blanket servicing to our clients, carried out by certified and approved BAFE engineers. Our service is transparently and competitively priced, so it is simple and convenient for you to request that we service your fire extinguishers or blankets on your premises, thoroughly and professionally.

Safelincs also offer a fire risk assessment service, whereby a member of our nationwide team of qualified risk assessors will visit your premises and carry out a meticulous assessment of the area. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 changed fire safety legislation for business premises, meaning that fire certificates are no longer required; so it is now your responsibility to ensure that your place of work is regularly assessed for fire risks.
If you would like to find out more about our equipment servicing or fire risk assessment services, please contact us.

Do you comply?

All too often we hear of prosecutions where companies or landlords, amongst other people, are prosecuted due due breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

It can be very confusing knowing what is expected of you and what fire precautions you should implement. We have developed a section of our website to provide useful information to our customers. In our Fire Safety Advice section you will find many guides to help you understand what is expected of you.

A good guide to start with is our Do you comply? guide which will help you understand what is expected of you as competent person.

New fire safety guide for landlords

Fire safety for landlords is a complicated issue. Through attending various events we have been asked numerous times by landlords for help in creating a condensed overview of fire safety relevant to them. Whilst there are already a number of extremely helpful and well-written guides available (the LACoRS and fire risk assessment guides to name but a few), we wrote a short guide to help landlords get a feeling for the legislation and fire safety guidance affecting their market.

This article can be viewed in our landlord section and contains some useful links relevant to landlords.

Hotel company fined £27,000 for fire safety offences

Hotel company Awan Investments Ltd, who manage Ventures hotel in the Paddington area of London, have been issued a £27,000 fine for breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

A member of the public, who had been staying at the hotel, alerted the authorities after finding emergency exits blocked and fire doors being wedged open during their stay in 2009.

This prosecution will help to give the general public the peace of mind knowing that such breaches are dealt with and improvement orders made regarding the safety of the premises.

To read the full story follow the link. http://www.info4fire.com/news-content/full/hotel-company-found-guilty-of-ten-offences