Fire regulations are set to change on January 23 – are you ready?

New fire regulations come into force on Monday

FIRE safety remains one of the most important aspects of health and safety for buildings up and down the UK and on Monday the fire regulations are set to change.

While fire causes damage worth millions of pounds each year in UK they are among the easiest incidents to avoid.

On January 23, new fire regulations, brought in as a response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, comes into force to help keep residential buildings safe. In this blog, the team at Acorn Safety Services explain what the new fire regulations mean and the steps you should take to ensure you comply.

Government introduces new fire regulations

The Fire Safety Act 2021 came into force on 16 May, 2022, amending the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. In a multi-occupied residential building, containing two or more sets of domestic premises the order applies to:

  • The building’s structure and external walls (including windows, balconies, cladding, insulation and fixings) and any common parts; and
  • All doors between domestic premises and common parts, such as flat entrance doors (or any other relevant door).

Now, the UK Government is introducing the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which will implement several recommendations from Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. These come into force on Monday, January 23.

The fire regulations introduce new requirements for multi-occupied residential buildings, and different regulations apply depending on a building’s height.

Essentially, the new fire regulations cover the importance of publishing fire safety information, carrying out regular fire risk assessments, providing building plans and ensuring that all fire safety equipment is monitored regularly.

How can Acorn Safety Services help?

If time is not on your side getting to grips with fire regulations is not easy and it can be difficult to know where to turn for the right advice.

Fortunately, the team at Acorn Safety Services is on your side and here to help you navigate these important changes to the UK’s fire regulations, ensuring you stay compliant, safe and protected.

As one of the UK’s leading health and safety consultancies we understand the changes in the law and are ready to assist wherever we can.

Fire risk assessments are a legal requirement in the UK for all non-domestic properties and rented properties with communal areas. The person responsible for ensuring risk assessments are carried out is the dutyholder – which in most cases is the landlord or facilities manager.

A fire risk assessment will:

  • Identify fire hazards
  • Identify people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
  • Allow you to record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.

In short, they are an important first step in your fire safety journey and will help identify other areas which may require attention, such as fire door safety, evacuation plans and signage.

If you are worried about any aspect of the new regulations get in touch with us today.

If you need us we’re here to help

At Acorn Safety Services we employ the very best – a team of dedicated professionals who will help you to protect what’s most important to you.

We’re one of the last remaining independent health and safety consultancies in the UK and we always take the time to get to know you and your building before making recommendations which are tailored to suit your individual needs.

We also offer a complete health and safety consultancy with services including legionella testing and asbestos management, and with offices in Northampton, London and Wolverhampton and a team of experts travelling across the UK, we are perfectly placed to support your business.

When you need us, we are here to help.

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.


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