We work closely with the fire and rescue services to make sure that our buildings and procedures meet all statutory requirements and regulations.
We do this through regular inspections and assessments of shared areas, such as corridors and stairways – and includes completing a thorough fire risk assessment (FRA). The frequency of how often this is, depends on the type of building and the building history.
What is a fire risk assessment
A fire risk assessment (FRA) is a detailed examination of the building with communal areas and its occupation and use. The purpose of a FRA is to identify what the potential risks are, and then take necessary actions to keep you safe. As your landlord, it’s our responsibility to guarantee that the buildings we own, meet current fire safety standards.
- Escape routes (corridors and stairways) are free from stored items and other obstructions
- The condition of internal doors, including flat entry doors, are up to standard
- Riser cupboards are kept clear. Riser cupboards are cupboards located within the communal areas of block apartment buildings which contain cabling for the main services provided to the individual apartments
- Holes made in walls for cables and pipes are properly sealed
- Corridors and stairs can be protected from the effects of smoke providing a safe escape route
- Provisions such as emergency shut off valves for gas and building information boxes (Gerda boxes) for firefighters are in good, working condition
- There is adequate emergency lighting and signage to enable people to see their way out the building safely, and to aid the fire and rescue service if they have to attend
- There is nothing on the outside of the building such as cladding and combustible materials on balconies, or close to the building like bins and rubbish, that could present a risk of fire to the building.
How often do you complete a FRA?
We complete a FRA based on a ‘risk grading’.
We complete a FRA every year for residents who live:
- In a high-rise building which is over 18m (more than six floors)
- In specialised housing such as sheltered housing and housing of multiple occupancy (HMOs) where facilities within the building, such as kitchens and bathrooms, are shared.
We complete a FRA every three years for residents who live:
- In a low-rise building which includes purpose-built blocks of flats lower than 18m (six floor and lower).
All other buildings will have FRAs completed every two years. This may vary depending on the outcome of the previous FRA.
What happens when a FRA is completed?
We work closely with independent specialist assessors to carry out inspections in all internal communal areas of our buildings. They then produce the FRA with all the information they have gathered, and record any recommendations or actions for us to review first.
We then put in place an action plan to carry out the recommendations to make sure the building and your home are safe. FRAs are stored on a secure database that notifies our teams of any actions requiring their attention. These actions are prioritised according to the risks identified.
Can I see my buildings FRA?
Although recent government advice is to share our FRAs with customers, we want to make sure that we provide this information to you in the most clear and helpful way.
A FRA captures any issues at one moment in time. It is a very detailed and technically worded document, as its purpose is to provide information to the fire and rescue services and building control specialists. We’re committed to be more transparent, so we’re working on finding ways to share the content of our FRAs so that they’re helpful, reassuring and comprehensive for anyone.
In addition, we’ll be publishing more information related to the safety of your building and how you can contribute to ensuring you can help keep your home safe. Look out for opportunities to share your feedback to help us develop our approach.
How can I keep my home safe?
We see home safety as a partnership with all our customers. You can help us to keep you safe by letting us know about any issues or concerns you have about your home and building safety – as well as looking after your home, regularly testing your smoke alarm and keeping communal areas and balconies clear.