Fire Safety Regulations 2022 and High-Rise premises

Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 and multi-occupied residential premises including high-rise flats

The Fire Safety Act 2021 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021 and commenced on 16 May 2022.  The Act amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the Fire Safety Order).

The Act clarifies that responsible persons (RPs) for multi-occupied residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows, and entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts.

The Act clarifies the areas of a multi-occupied residential building to which the Fire Safety Order applies.

Fire Risk Assessment Prioritisation Tool

The Home Office Task and Finish Group have created a new Fire Risk Assessment Prioritisation Tool, known as the FRAPT). The FRAPT is an online tool designed to assist responsible persons to develop a strategy to prioritise their buildings to review their fire risk assessments, to ensure they take into account the clarifications outlined in the Act.

For further information, including access to the FRAPT and guidance leaflets, of the new Regulations and how they impact on multi-occupied residential buildings, please visit the National Fire Chiefs Council website.

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