Fire Stopping Surveys – Taking Action

Fire stopping is the sealing of gaps, breaches or issues found around fire resistant floors, doors and construction. These elements have been put in place to help slow the spread of fire through a building, and they must be able to resist fire for a reasonable period of time. However, cracks or openings around them might prevent them from doing the very job they’re in place for, which ultimately puts lives at risk. In order to determine whether there are any issues, a Fire Stopping Survey is conducted. This will assess where fire resisting walls have been breached, and highlight where remedial works need to be performed to restrict the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building. The survey will identify problem areas and the surveyor will go through a detailed inspection above suspended ceilings, loft spaces and between floors to ensure fire cannot extend through the building by […]

Taking Fire Safety Seriously

A few weeks ago, Fire Safety Matters reported that more than 7,000 Londoners are to get new fire doors. This is part of a £9,000,000 project to upgrade fire doors in six London boroughs across twelve City of London Corporation-run housing estates. All front, communal and fire escape doors will be replaced in over 2,300 homes, ensuring that there is an enhanced up to 60 minute fire resistance. This enormous project comes down to one simple thing: keeping residents safe. Since the Grenfell Tower incident, there has been a new focus on residents’ safety, and it is the duty of all responsible organisations and people to make sure that all the necessary steps are taken to minimise any risks when it comes to fire. Big Costs One of the more recent cases to hit the news that demonstrates how important fire safety is has been the incident in Palmer’s Green. […]

Quarterly Fire Door Checks to Become Law

Following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the upcoming fire safety bill will state that fire doors in all blocks of flats will need to be checked every three months. The FIA (Fire Industry Association) last week reported upon this proposed big change in the law. Currently there is no specific legislation in place that requires fire doors to be checked, but these sorts of assessments play a huge role in fire safety. Although changes such as the fire door checks have come about following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Report, the report in itself only stated that “all fire doors, including their closers, should be routinely checked or inspected by a suitably qualified professional.” However, it seems the government wants to take this more seriously and it will be insisting on checks every three months. The FIA’s article highlighted that “Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has stated that a fire safety bill that […]

What are the different types of fire strategies, and do I need one for my building?

In recent years, the fire safety industry has had a massive shake-up. In light of recent events such as the Grenfell Tower fire, and other large-scale fire disasters, there has been uncertainty from building owners and property managers regarding the fire strategy for their buildings. Necessary questions are now being asked by the responsible figures as to whether they have a suitable fire strategy, or whether they need one at all. A fire strategy acts as the bible for a building’s fire safety measures and consolidates all the building information into one simple report. Any questions surrounding fire safety for the building can usually be answered by consulting the strategy. However, fire strategies often go missing or get lost during a building’s sale or changeover of management. So, what is a fire strategy? A fire safety strategy is a prescriptive document that will ensure your building will comply with the […]

Tier 3 NAFRAR Accreditation for RM MD

Tony Fogarty, Managing Director at RM Risk Management, has been accredited and approved to be entered onto the Tier 3 National Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register (NAFRAR). Tier 3 is a list of individuals who are able to carry out Fire Risk Assessments on high risk and complex buildings. They have registered through a process that has recognised their achievement at the highest standards and levels of competency for fire risk assessors that is available. Tony says, “There is a great deal involved in any Fire Risk Assessment, but with high risk or complex buildings it’s even more important to know what you’re doing. We pride ourselves in giving our clients the best support possible, and that means we believe in training and development and always understanding what is happening in the area of risk.” Tier 3 is the highest tier on the Fire Risk Assessors Register, a system set […]

Tenants at Risk from Failed Actions

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has issued a report claiming that Runnymede Borough Council failed to meet the necessary regulations regarding electrical certification and Fire Risk Assessments work management and subsequently put tenants at risk. Two of Runnymede Borough Council’s developments were reported upon. Firstly a 17-storey tower block, and then also a sheltered housing scheme. The report stated that “relevant required actions were identified in two successive Fire Risk Assessments dating back to 2018 for the tower block, and 2017 for the sheltered scheme.” It then further stated that Runnymede Borough Council “has had no reliable means of evidencing, across its homes, the completion of remedial actions arising from Fire Risk Assessments.” Runneymede Borough Council has a legal responsibility to provide for the health and safety of occupants in their homes, however the RSH concluded that the Council “did not have an effective system in place to allow […]