New fire safety regulations set to come into force in October 2023

4 May 2023

The UK government has put a fire safety reform programme in place aimed at making sure the country’s residents are safe from fire hazards. As part of this program, new fire safety regulations are set to come into force in October 2023.

In this article, we will discuss changes to fire safety and how Total Fire Group can help.

Understanding Phase 3 of the Fire Safety Reform Programme

Phase 3 of the fire safety reform programme builds upon the progress made in Phases 1 and 2. This programme was initiated in response to the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, which led to a comprehensive review of fire safety regulations in the UK.

The upcoming amendment to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) aims to enhance fire safety across all buildings governed by the FSO. This amendment builds upon Phase 1 (the Fire Safety Act 2021) and Phase 2 (the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022).

The upcoming Phase 3 is intended to extend fire safety regulations further, targeting small non-domestic premises, small blocks of flats, and smaller premises offering sleeping accommodation.

What Changes to Expect

Property owners, landlords, and responsible persons of small non-domestic premises, small blocks of flats, and smaller premises offering sleeping accommodation should be aware of the changes brought about by Phase 3.

These measures include the installation of fire alarms and sprinkler systems, as well as the preparation of evacuation plans and procedures.

Phase 3 aims to reinforce fire safety by:

  • Enhancing cooperation and coordination between Responsible Persons (RPs).
  • Raising the requirements for recording and sharing fire safety information, and establishing a continuous record of the building’s fire safety throughout its lifespan.
  • Streamlining the process for enforcement authorities to take action against non-compliance.
  • Guaranteeing that residents have access to comprehensive information about fire safety in their building.

A crucial aspect of these new regulations is the requirement for a comprehensive fire risk assessment to be carried out for each property.

Following New Fire Safety Guidance

The new fire safety guidance, which comes into force on October 1, 2023, provides specific instructions to follow.

The guidance emphasises the importance of conducting regular fire risk assessments and ensuring that appropriate fire safety measures are in place. It also outlines the responsibilities of property owners and responsible persons in maintaining a safe environment for occupants.

A thorough understanding of this guidance is essential for compliance with the new regulations and safeguarding your property from potential fire hazards.

Expert Fire Risk Assessments

Total Fire Group is here to help you navigate the complexities of the fire safety reform programme and ensure your premises are safe from fire.

Our expert team provides comprehensive fire risk assessments, which are a critical component of Phase 3 compliance. A fire risk assessment is an in-depth evaluation of your property to identify potential fire hazards, assess the adequacy of existing fire safety measures, and recommend any necessary improvements. 

As Phase 3 of the fire safety reform programme approaches, it is essential for property owners and responsible persons to be aware of the new regulations and take appropriate action.

Total Fire Group is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today for assistance with your fire safety needs and ensure your property is compliant with the upcoming changes in fire safety regulations.

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