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Houses of Multiple Occupation

HMO’s make up a huge percentage of fire service enforcement action. It could be because the requirements can differ between boroughs and councils but it’s also because landlords often do not take fire safety and the safety of their residents as seriously as they shoul...

Waking Watch

Another block of flats with a ‘Waking Watch’. I have known some blocks of flats to have had these for up to two years. Basically it’s fire wardens constantly walking up and down the stairs and throughout the communal areas to monitor for any signs of fire and sp...

Passing the buck

Do you need a second opinion following a fire risk assessment or compartmentation survey?  Has your bank or mortgage provider stopped lending on the basis of these reports.  Let me know.  We provide life safety fire risk assessments and adopt a pragmatic common sen...

Fires in small businesses

This is an interesting article and goes to show how important it is for all businesses and commercial premises to have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment in place. It’s not just residential premises affected by fire and it’s often the case that many smalle...

Sprinkler changes

Great to see any consultation which is likely to lead to sprinklers being installed more in blocks of flats. Sprinklers are proven in limiting the development of a fire and these changes are welcomed     Government consultation on fire safety arla.co.uk

Type 4 Fire Risk Assessments

More pressure being put on councils to provide intrusive fire risk assessments on high rise tower blocks (type 4). This involves opening up parts of walls and looking into voids beyond the scope of a normal type 1 fire risk assessment. The argument against is that the intrusive s...

Residents and Landlords working together

Good practice on how residents and landlords work together to keep their home and building safe: summary findings Following the call for evidence that concluded in February the government has published a summary which will be used to inform policy options in the consultation ...

Whale Fire Services

Whale Fire offers an exclusive fire safety service for all residential properties and provides fire risk assessment packages for converted and purpose-built blocks of flats as well as HMOs and student accommodation. We have vast experience assessing residential properties and our...

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