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Fire risk assessments

Everything you need to know about fire risk assessments and their different risk ratings, plus find the specific FRA report for your building.

A fire risk assessment (FRA) is a report on the fire hazards and precautions within the internal communal areas of a building. It identifies potential risks, evaluates existing fire safety measures and determines if additional measures are needed to prevent, control and mitigate the effects of a fire.

Fire risk ratings

The risk rating considers the risk of a fire and the impact if there was a fire. The assessment also gives a risk rating of what the risk level would be after any recommended actions are completed.

Find your fire risk assessment

The fire risk assessment for any building of six storeys or more is available online. Simply enter your postcode to find your FRA.

If you have a question or would like to request an FRA for a building less than 6 storeys, please contact our fire inspection team.

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Know your evacuation plan

You should always know your evacuation plan. This is what you do in the event of a fire.

There are two types of evacuation plans: stay put and simultaneous evacuation. A sign by the front entrance to your block will explain which type of plan is used in your building – this information is also provided when you move in.

1. Stay put

Stay put means that if there is a fire elsewhere in your building, you’re usually safer staying in your flat with the doors and windows closed.

Important: do not stay put if your flat is affected by fire or smoke. Leave immediately and close the door behind you, or ensure it self-closes. Phone the fire brigade on 999 once safely outside.

2. Simultaneous evacuation

Simultaneous evacuation means you should leave the building by the quickest and safest route when you hear a fire alarm in your flat and throughout the building – or if you know there is a fire in the building. Everyone should evacuate the building at the same time. You must not re-enter until you’re told it’s safe.

Fire alarms in buildings

Most of our blocks have stay put plans and so do not have fire alarms, in line with fire brigade recommendations and regulations. If there was an alarm system in the block people would evacuate, which could put them at risk and prevent the fire brigade from reaching the fire.

Be vigilant about fire safety

An FRA is a useful technical overview of the fire safety arrangements for a building and is a key tool for managing the property.

But it only provides a snapshot of what was found at the time of inspection. For example, a pram blocking a hallway might have been marked as a hazard, but may have only been left there at that particular time. Or a fire door may be working properly on the day of the inspection, but get damaged soon after.

Because of this, it’s important you report any problems you find or concerns you have about fire safety by phoning our customer services team on 0300 500 8000 or by contacting our fire inspection team online.

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