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Fire Safety in Purpose Built Flats

Means of escape for disabled people

Completing fire safety risk assessments for purpose-built flats.

This guidance was produced in 2011 but is no longer considered comprehensive, particularly given recent and planned amendments to Approved Document B and the Secretary of State’s announcement of their intention to alter the height at which sprinklers are required in new buildings.
It is available here because some sections are referred to in the MHCLG Consolidated Advice note of January 2020.

It should also be read alongside:

The National Fire Chief Council’s guidance on simultaneous evacuation
This guidance note provides advice to building owners, their professional advisors and fire and rescue services on issues to consider where a decision is made, based on a comprehensive risk assessment carried out by a competent person, to suspend temporarily a stay put policy and adopt a simultaneous evacuation strategy.

Housing Fire Safety – LACORS
This document contains guidance for landlords and Fire Safety Enforcement Officers in both Local Housing Authorities (LHAs) and in Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) on how to ensure adequate fire safety in certain types of residential accommodation.

Means of escape for disabled people
This guide is a supplement to be read alongside the other risk assessment guides in this series. It provides extra information on accessibility and means of escape for disabled people.
If more complex guidance is required, the responsible person must engage the services of competent fire safety assistance.

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