New national guidance on fire safety in residential accommodation was formally launched at an event at Local Government House in London on Wednesday 23 July 2008.
Over 40 representatives from councils, fire and rescue authorities and landlord and tenant organisations attended the launch event at Local Government House. Speakers at the event included:
- Cllr Geoffrey Theobald OBE, Chairman of LACORS
- Simon Llewellyn, Communities and Local Government
- David Salusbury, Chairman of the National Landlords Association
- Iain Cox, Chief Fire Office, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Kevin Thompson, LACORS’ consultant and author of the guidance
The guidance has been developed by LACORS in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA). Officials in Communities and Local Government (CLG) have also provided considerable technical support and the guidance contains a foreword from the Fire and Housing Ministers in CLG.
The guidance will apply nationally and covers certain existing residential accommodation including single family dwellings, shared houses, bedsits and flats. It is not aimed at new housing built to modern Building Regulations.
The guidance adopts a risk based approach to fire safety that will satisfy both the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It includes guidance to landlords on how to carry out a fire risk assessment.
The guidance will be equally relevant to landlords, managing agents, local councils and fire and rescue authorities. The guidance will apply to both the private and social housing sectors.
The guidance has undergone extensive consultation and aims to provide an approach to enforcement which is compliant with all the legislation yet appropriate to risk; moving away from the prescriptive approach sometimes taken in the past. The guidance will underpin the Fire Safety Protocol (click here) issued jointly by LACORS, CFOA, CIEH, National Landlords Association and the National HMO Network in May 2007, which is already providing a framework for partnership working between councils and fire and rescue authorities.
To view a copy of LACORS’ press release regarding the launch of the guidance, please click here.
To download a PDF version of the guidance free of charge, please click here.
Hard copies of the guidance are also available to purchase for £20 a copy with free postage and packing. Councils and fire and rescue authorities who wish to obtain hard copies of the guidance should click here to download and complete an order form. Invoices will be sent under seperate cover.
Anyone else who wishes to purchase copies of the guidance should click here to download and complete an order form. Orders will only be dispatched if the order is accompanied by a cheque for the full cost. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to invoice individuals or non-local authority organisations.
Local authorities, fire and rescue authorities and national landlord/tenant representative groups with comments or queries on the content of the new guidance should email LACORS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landlords, managing agents, and tenants with queries on the new guidance, or requesting general advice on fire safety requirements should contact their local council or fire and rescue authority. LACORS is not able to respond to such queries.