The Fire Safety Act and the Regulatory Reform Order
The RRO provides a minimum fire safety standard in non-domestic premises. It requires persons, or a person acting on their behalf, to carry out certain fire safety duties which include ensuring the general fire precautions are satisfactory and conducting a fire risk assessment. If more than five persons are employed it has to be a written fire risk assessment.
The Fire Safety Act brings multi-occupied domestic residential properties, which include blocks of flats, under the RRO. The responsible person will be required to consider the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows and entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts in their fire safety management role.