Q. Why can’t I have my wheel chair or electric cart in the escape corridor, its only small?
A. An escape corridor forms part of an escape route and as such must be maintained free from potential sources of ignition and fuel. They are designed to be the correct size for the numbers of persons who may be expected to have to use them in an emergency and must remain sterile to avoid any possible obstructions.
Q. Why can’t I have a table/ welcome mat / pictures outside my flat door?
A. Good housekeeping is fundamental to reducing risk in blocks of flats. Ignition of combustible material within common corridors and stairways will give rise to the presence of smoke in escape routes and may even spread into flats. The landlord or responsible person will decide whether to adopt a “zero tolerance approach” i.e. no combustibles allowed or adopt a “managed” approach i.e. limiting the items allowed.
The decision to have “zero tolerance” or a “managed” approach will be based upon the findings of the fire risk assessment. You should contact the landlord or responsible person to enquire which approach is applicable in your premises. This confirmation will answer the question.
Q. Can you tell me how many people I can have standing in my premises?
A. The number of people allowed within premises will be determined by the findings of the fire risk assessment. Some of the factor to consider when deciding this are; the available floor space, number of doors, width of doors, direction of opening of doors, door fastenings, travel distance, availability of exit routes and whether or not alcohol has been consumed. If you are unsure as to how to calculate this figure you should get help from a competent
Q. How many exits do I need in my premises?
A. The number of exits required will be determined by the findings of the fire risk assessment. This will take account of the size of the premises, width of the exits, door fastenings, and direction of opening. If after reading the guidance you are unsure as to how to calculate the number of exits required you should seek advice from a competent person.
Q. Will the Fire Service check my fire extinguishers are sufficient and in working order?
A. NO. It is the duty of the responsible person to ensure the safety of relevant persons from risk of fire. The extent of provision will be determined by the findings of the fire risk assessment taking into account the size, contents and use of the premises.
You should contact a competent fire extinguisher engineer to arrange for routine annual servicing of your fire extinguishers. Contractors with BAFE (British Association of Fire Equipment) registration will provide an accredited service.
Q. Can you come around and check I have everything I need for Fire Safety?
A. No. The Fire Safety Order 2005 places a duty on the responsible person to ensure that suitable and sufficient fire precautions are provided and maintained ready for use. The matters required will be determined during the fire risk assessment process. Guidance to assist with the fire risk assessment process is available form the Government. A series of free guides are available to download form https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities
It is the duty of the responsible person to complete a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment. The significant findings should be recorded and where appropriate steps should be taken, to ensure safety within the premises.
Q. Do you run training courses?
A. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service offer a number of training courses. To discuss your requirements please contact:
Training and Development Academy
Tel 0151 296 5000
E mail - firstname.lastname@example.org