Fire Safety is our business.
Here are some of the commonly asked questions that we get:
What is a Fire Safety Audit?
This is an inspection of your premises that assures compliance with fire-safety standards. If you don’t what whether you need a Fire Safety Audit or a Fire Risk Assessment, speak to one of the team and we can advise on your best option.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
If you’re responsible for a building, it’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire in order to keep people safe. This is a 5 stage assessment of your premises; it saves lives, it’s your legal duty, and it just makes good business sense.
Are there different types of Fire Risk Assessment?
A Type 1 – Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is non-destructive, and the most common. A Type 1 FRA assesses all the common parts of a building, such as a lobby area in a shared block of flats – but not individual dwellings. In some cases, a Type 1 FRA will inspect construction points between individual dwellings (such as shared supportive walls) – but in most cases, this is not necessary.
A Type 1 FRA has the purpose of ensuring that common parts of a building have the arrangements which allow people to escape if there was to be a fire – such as clear signage pointing to entry and exit points.
A Type 3 – Fire Risk Assessments are rare, and normally only recommended if a Type 1 FRA concluded that there may be serious structural flaws in a building which may increase the risk of fire spreading.
A Type 2 FRA includes destructive sampling. This increases the cost of this type of assessment because a contractor would be required.
A Type 3 – Fire Risk Assessment is comprehensive – and covers more than the law requires. This type of assessment covers all common areas of a building – and individual dwellings. A Type 3 FRA considers all means of escapes (including those within individual dwellings), structures, and compartmentation between flats and any means of fire detection. This is is non-destructive – and is usually only considered necessary if there are fire risks within individual dwellings.
Landlords and building owners can find it difficult to arrange Type 3 FRAs because they require entrance into individual dwellings. Often this type of assessment is easier if living spaces are empty.
A Type 4 – Fire Risk Assessments are similar to Type 2 FRAs, as they include a destructive sampling, but in both the common parts of a building and living areas – such as apartments. These are more comprehensive – and complicated to complete. This is because access to individual dwellings is required, and destructive sampling can lead to a need for repairs. Type 4 FRAs are only required in a limited number of circumstances, usually only being suggested if there is reason to believe there are serious defects in both common parts of a building or individual dwellings.
What Is Fire Stopping?
Fire stopping can be defined as the sealing of any openings to prevent fire (including smoke and heat) from passing through multiple building compartments.
These compartments are separated by compartment walls and compartment floors made of a fire-resisting construction that hinders the spread of fire from one area to another.
Fire stopping measures, when installed correctly, can contain a fire for up to four hours. This is so important because you’re then given plenty of time to fully evacuate a building, ensuring everyone on a premises is safe and sound should a fire occur.
A range of products can be installed into a building to help with fire stopping. Some of these include:
- Fire-Rated Ablative Batts
- Pipe Collars and Pipe Wraps
- Fire-Rated Paints and Coatings
Ignis Safety Consultants carry out fire stopping installation compliance checking and specification guidance and can formulate a fire stopping inspection register for inclusion in your premises Operation and Maintenance manuals.
Do you carry out Fire Stopping Inspections?
What is Bespoke Fire Safety Training?
This is where your team complete fire-safety training focused on your fire-risk environment in particular. How to prevent fire where they work and ensuring everyone escapes should an event occur.
What is Advanced Fire Training?
Advanced fire-fighting training courses are aimed at those persons who manage or deal with fire risks as part, occasional or otherwise, of their daily work.