• 6th September 2017

    On the 27th June, The Care Quality Commission (CQC) wrote to all Registered Care Homes encouraging them to review their fire safety arrangements and ensure that they discharge their fire safety responsibilities, as imposed under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Within their letter the CQC suggested that Care Homes should pay particular attention…

  • 23rd May 2017

    It is essential to ensure that staff are suitably trained on the procedures to be followed in the event of a fire.  The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the owners or persons in control of non-domestic premises must manage fire safety and in doing so need to provide staff with adequate fire…

  • 11th April 2017

    Within Residential Care Homes adequate precautions need to be in place to ensure that residents who smoke do so without putting themselves or others at risk from fire. There have been a number of recent fire incidents within the Care Sector which have been attributed to residents who smoke. If Care Homes have in place…

  • 6th February 2017

    Residential Care Homes – Completing PEEPs (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans) for Residents In the event of a fire, Care Home residents are unlikely to be able to make their own way to a place of relative safety due to physical or neurological impairment. PEEPs (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans) are intended to identify the evacuation equipment…

  • 12th January 2017

    Carrying out Fire Risk Assessments within Schools, Colleges and Universities can be difficult and complex, as many educational establishments incorporate facilities such as science blocks, food technology rooms, practical based learning (i.e. workshops) etc, all of which create a higher risk environment where there is a greater exposure to fire hazards. Outlined below are some…

  • 15th December 2016

    Fire risk assessments in Hotels need to consider much more than the availability and protection of suitable fire escape routes; these should be relatively straight forward to assess. Arguably, the most important issue to consider when carrying out a fire risk assessment is the evacuation of the guests, especially those who are sleeping. There should…

  • 8th December 2016

    Fire evacuation in residential care homes is often difficult and complex as most of the residents will be unable to self-evacuate due to restricted mobility and/or medical conditions. There is a huge reliance on Care Home Staff to move residents to a place of relative safety. The more residents involved, the longer the process takes….

  • 18th July 2016

    The evacuation of Care Homes in case of fire is often difficult, as a high proportion of the residents are usually either physically or neurologically impaired (or both). Whilst progressive evacuation is the preferred fire evacuation strategy for most Care Homes (moving residents to relatively safe fire compartments within the Home rather than immediately evacuating…