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                 Fire Risk Assessment

 

 

 

Property

Devoncourt Flats

85 Berryhead Road. Brixham Devon TQ5 9AB

 

Built

Built 1962 as 21 residential flats – no planning restrictions known.

Additional three flats added 1994/5 number 22,23,24.

 

Construction

24 individual flats.

 

Private access to each flat

 

Block with steel frame for balconies.

 

9” dividing solid block walls between each flat, dry lined

 

Flat roof.

 

There is a high degree of compartmentation in the premises

 

Usage

Private Residential flats.

 

The flats and grounds are not open to the public.

 

Current use:-  main and second homes, holiday homes and small office.  

 

Some flats are let by the individual owners as winter lets and/or holiday lets, or permanent SHT tenancy agreements.

 

When the flats are unoccupied the site manager inspect the flats weekly, for the owners to ensure all services to the flats are switched off.

 

Externally

Free standing garage used for storage and building maintenance.

Wooden shed

Car parking on three sides of the main building accommodating 24 cars.

 

Assessed for

and inspected by

 

Robin Hooker,  for and behalf of Devoncourt owners and residents                               

 

 

Dated and signed

First Assessment 07/09/06   up dates:- 22/9/06; 20/08/07; 19/07/08; 21/10/10; 02/03/12

 

Saturday, 19th April 2013         Signature ……………………. .

 

 

 

 

Identification of Persons at Risk.

 

 

Risk

Details

Action

Persons at Risk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeping

Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risk of Fire occurrence

 

 

All persons, children and pets on the premises.

 

 

All persons, children and pets resident in the premises.

All persons, children and pets visiting the premises - guests

Persons asleep in the premises

Children playing on the premises

All staff on the premises.

All contractors visiting the premises

All delivery persons visiting the premises

Persons walking by the premises.

 

 

Persons as risk – Sleeping.

 

Persons sleeping in the flats will be familiar with the exits and entrances.

They will be owners or their invitees, or guests or on holiday or SHT residents.

No members of the public are permitted.

 

Ground floor – maximum persons sleeping 38

 

 

First floor – maximum persons sleeping 38

 

 

Second floor – maximum persons sleeping 38

 

 

A fire on the premises could be started in one of the following ways

 

1. Accidental – the knocking over of lights, portable heating

   appliances, lighted cigarettes or candles, or chip pans

 

2. By an act of omission – where an electrical appliance or

    wiring is not properly maintained or where matter is

    allowed to collect near a heat source, or a heat source is

    used to dry clothes

 

3. A deliberate act of setting something on fire to cause

    attention or damage.

 

 

 

 

 

Review persons at risk periodically

 

Display warning notices ‘what to do in the event of a fire’ for all to see. – done

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No smoking signs displayed.

 

 

No smoking permitted inside the buliding  

 

 

 

 

          Identification of Sources of Fire

 

 

Risk

Details

Proposed Action

 

Sources of Fire

 

 

 

All inflammable and flammable products, material and possessions.

 

Electrical goods, tv, toasters cookers, microwaves, fridges CD players etc, portable lights and circuitry

 

 

Cleaning products

Paint, thinners and maintenance products and tools

 

 

 

 

Naked flames – matches, lighters, candles. Fires

 

Smoking – matches, lighters cigarettes, cigars, pipes

 

 

Gas lighters

 

 

 

LPG portable heaters. BBQ and building equipment

 

 

 

Electrical sockets

 

 

Electrical fuses and RCD circuit breakers (trips)

 

Clothing bedding and personal possessions

 

 

 

Furniture and beds

 

Motor vehicles

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAT check

Annually

 

Check RCB protected electrical circuits annually

 

Training and correct storage - continual

 

Banned

 

Smoking restricted inside the building. No smoking signs put in all bedrooms

 

 

 

Banned LPG heaters, oil heaters and BBQ

 

 

Ensure that sockets are not overloaded.

 

Ensure that fuses and trips are not over rated.

 

 

All comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended.

 

 

 

Motor vehicles cannot park beneath the building or block any exits

        Alarms and Evacuation

 

 

Risk

Details of Alarms and detection equipment

Proposed Action

 

Alarms not heard of faulty.

 

 

 

Each flat is fitted with a standard battery smoke detector in the corridor to warn to occupants of that flat of a fire within the Lounge – kitchen- bathroom and hallway or of smoke seepage form adjoining flats

 

 

 

Each flats is filled with a

Radio linked smoke detector to BS5446(1) installed in all bedrooms – each linked to all other bedrooms   in the building. Battery powered 10 year lithium. 85 Decibels

 

The radio link provides notification to all other occupants of smoke or fire anywhere in the building.

 

The activation of one linked detector will activate all linked detectors in the building.

A test can be made of the link by depressing the test button and holding it in test mode for 2 seconds.

 

 

 

Mains powered unit have battery back ups.

 

 

Owners and SHT tenants are contracted to maintain smoke detector and batteries in smoke detectors.

 

 

 

 

 

A record is maintained of checks carried out to smoke detectors in the individual flats which are un-occupied, prior to occupation.

 

Records of Tests to be maintained

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice board statement advices all occupiers to advice the management is any smoke detectors are not working or bleeping to indicate a low battery.

 

 

 

 

 

Identification - Escape Routes

 

 

Risk

Details of Risks

Escape routes + alarms

Proposed Action

 

Ground Floor

 

 

 

A fire on the Ground floor may affect the possible escape route for all occupiers the first & second floor of the building

 

A fire in Flats 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 22,  will vent heat smoke and gasses to the outside from the front and rear of the building.

 

A secondary effect may be of heat gasses and flame igniting the roof and spreading along the roof to other flats in the building.

 

Further if the intensity of the fire is such,  it may burn through the ceilings and floors and directly effect the roof above., and the flat below.

Because of the construction of the building – 9” solid block walls – between flats it is unlikely to directly effect the flats adjoining on either side.

 

 

A fire in Flat 1,  will vent heat smoke and gasses to the outside from the front and possibly into the stairway of the building, and to the roof above.

 

Persons on the ground floor may evacuate the building though their  entrance and up their stairs

 

 

Radio linked smoke detector installed in all bedrooms – each linked to all other bedrooms and corridors in the building

 

 

 Display warning notices ‘what to do in the event of a fire’ for all to see - done

 

 

 

A 30 min fire door is installed on each flat  to protect the  stairway inside the building.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flat 1 may escape along their balcony to the right into flat 2

 

 

 

 

The external staircase is of block construction with Dura anti slip fire resistance fibreglass steps, it is open on three sides to fresh air and will dissipate any smoke and heat quickly

 

 

Ensure the entrance  and stair case are never blocked   

 

 

 

Ensure   the  30 minute fire doors, are  not propped open or the self closers broken . – daily checks 

 

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Identification - Escape Routes

 

Risk

Details of Risks

Escape routes + alarms

Proposed Action

 

First Floor

 

 

 

A fire on the first floor may affect the possible escape route for all occupiers the second floor of the building

 

A fire in Flats 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12a, 14, 23  will vent heat smoke and gasses to the outside from the front and rear of the building.

 

A secondary effect may be of heat gasses and flame igniting the roof and spreading along the roof to other flats in the building.

 

Further if the intensity of the fire is such,  it may burn through the ceilings and floors and directly effect the roof above., and the flat below.

Because of the construction of the building – 9” block walls – between flats it is unlikely to directly effect the flats adjoining on either side.

 

 

A fire in Flat 8,  will vent heat smoke and gasses to the outside from the front and possibly into the stairway of the building, and to the roof above.

 

Persons on the first floor may evacuate the building down their main staircase which is open to fresh air.

 

 

Radio linked smoke detector installed in all bedrooms – each linked to all other bedrooms and corridors in the building

 

 

Display warning notices ‘what to do in the event of a fire’ for all to see in each apartment

 

 

 

The staircase is of block construction with Dura anti slip fire resistance fibreglass steps, it is open on three sides to fresh air and will dissipate any smoke and heat quickly.

 

 

 

 

Flat 8  may escape along their balcony to the right into flat 16

 

 

Ensure that the staircase is kept free from litter and obstructions.

 

A fire extinguisher is placed on each landing. 

 

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Identification - Escape Routes

 

 

Risk

Details of Risks

Escape routes + alarms

Proposed Action

 

Second Floor

 

 

 

A fire on the Second floor may affect the possible escape route for all occupiers the second floor of the building

 

A fire in Flats 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,  will vent heat smoke and gasses to the outside from the front and rear of the building.

 

A secondary effect may be of heat gasses and flame igniting the roof and spreading along the roof to other flats in the building.

 

Further if the intensity of the fire is such,  it may burn through the ceilings and floors and directly effect the roof above., and the flat below.

Because of the construction of the building – 9” block walls – between flats it is unlikely to directly effect the flats adjoining on either side.

 

 

A fire in Flat 15,  will vent heat smoke and gasses to the outside from the front and possibly into the stairway of the building, and to the roof above.

 

Persons on the first floor may evacuate the building down their main staircase which is open to fresh air.

 

 

Radio linked smoke detector installed in all bedrooms – each linked to all other bedrooms and corridors in the building

 

 

Display warning notices ‘what to do in the event of a fire’ for all to see in each apartment

 

 

 

The staircase is of block construction with Dura anti slip fire resistance fibreglass steps, it is open on three sides to fresh air and will dissipate any smoke and heat quickly

 

 

 

 

Flat 15 may escape along their balcony to the right into flat 16

 

 

 

 

All staircases are fitted 8w

3 hour with automatic emergency lighting to BS5266: 2005

 

 

 

Ensure that the staircase is kept free from litter and obstructions.

 

 

A fire extinguisher is placed on each landing. 

 

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

         Identification Escape –   Routes description

 

 

Risk

Details of Risks  

Routes of escape

Proposed Action  

 

All Floors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fire on any floor may effect the possible escape route for all occupiers the building

 

 

 

 

 

 

The travel distance from any flat does not exceed minimum distance of 18m

 

 

 

 

An exit may be blocked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape method Internal

 

Main staircase inside the building – protected by 30 minute Fire Doors, and self closers, with emergency  4 hour lighting

 

 

 

 

Escape method External

 

The staircase is of block construction with fire resistance steps, it is open on three sides to fresh air and will dissipate any smoke and heat quickly. Illuminated with emergency 4 hour lighting.

 

 

Escape method 3

15 & 8 only

 

Flats 8 and 15 may escape by exiting onto their, then onto the balcony of the flats adjoining to their right – wind-break dividers are openable

 

 

 

All staircases are fitted 8w

3 hour with automatic emergency lighting to BS5266: 2005

 

 

Ensure all routes are clear and un-obstructed. – daily 

 

 

 

Ensure  that   the  30 minute fire doors are not propped open or the self closers broken . – daily 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Emergency Lighting  weekly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Identification of Risks. – Smoke and Gas

 

Risk

Source of fire and smoke

Action taken to minimise risk

Proposed Action

 

 

Smoke Inhalation

and the spread of fire

 

 

 

 

 

Individual flats

 

 

 

 

 

Each flat is fitted with one or more smoke detectors. Battery operated. To BS5446 standard, and

a Radio Linked Smoke Detector in each bedroom linked to all other flats and corridors in the building

 

 

 

 

The detectors are checked regularly by cleaning staff, caretakers and owners and long term tenants.

 

 

 

 

 

A notice is in each flat asking the owners/occupiers to check the smoke detectors regularly and not to remove the batteries, and to not smoke in the bedrooms.

 

 

 

Owners and SHT tenants are contracted to maintain smoke detector and batteries in smoke detectors.

 

 

 

 

A record is to be maintained of checks carried out to smoke detectors in the individual flats which are un-occupied, prior to occupation.

 

Record of Tests to be maintained

 

 

 

 

A test of the linked smoke detectors will be carried out weekly

 

Record of Tests Chart to be maintained

 

 

 

 

No smoking signs in the corridors bedrooms and on the office notice board which is visable 24 hours a day.

 

 

 

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear 

 

 

              Identification of Risks – Spread of fire

 

Risk

Risk – source of fire

Proposed Action

Implementation Date

 

Smoke Inhalation

and the spread of fire

 

other sources

 

Launderette   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical installations

Main circuit boards

 

 

30 minute fire door fitted to protect hallway

Automatic Fire extinguisher fitted

 

 

 

 

 

The electrical equipment isolators and RCD cupboard outside flat 22 are protected by steel casings – steel boxes.

Additional protection  is provided by  a  30 minute minimum fire retaining cupboard to prevent the spread of fire and smoke to the stairway constructed with fire resistant GlasRoc 2 hours panelling.   [Installed Oct 2007]

 

 

 

A smoke detector has been installed adjacent to the switch gear + emergency lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly check of automatic fire extinguisher by sight 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               Identification of Risks - Spread of fire

 

 

Risk

Source of fire

Proposed Action

Proposed action

Smoke Inhalation and the spread of fire

 

 

Office and garage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smoke detectors installed in the office and Garage

 

A 30 minute fire door to the office  with a     self-closing device is installed

 

A clear access and exit must be made through the garage for any persons in the rear of the garage.

 

Combustible material must be kept to a minimum.

Rubbish must not be allowed to collect.

All off-cuts and part-used combustible materials must be disposed of.

All paint and cleaning combustible materials must be stored away from any windows or doors.

 

 

A 2ltr Fire Extinguisher be available in the garage.

 

Hazardous material stored outside the garage must be kept to the minimum. All leaves and of-cuts and part used combustible materials must be removed. Gas bottles must be kept to a minimum. Empty bottles should be removed

 

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear, fallen items and careless storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Identification of Risks Naked Flame.

 

 

Risk

Source of fire

  Action taken

Proposed Action 

Fire Prevention

 

Potential sources of fire

 

 

Cigarettes

Pipes

Candles

Matches

BBQ

Oil Heaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No smoking signs and no naked flame signs are displayed on the communal notice board which is visible 24 hours a day.

 

No smoking and no naked flame signs   displayed in the car parks

 

No smoking signs are displayed in the all flats  

 

 

A notice is in each flat asking the owners/occupiers to check the smoke detectors regularly and not to remove the batteries, and to not smoke in the bedrooms.

 

 

Owners and SHT tenants are contracted to maintain smoke detector and batteries in smoke detectors.

 

 

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear

 

 

 

Banned LPG heaters, oil heaters and BBQs

 

 

 

 

           Limitation of Risks.

 

 

Risk

Action taken to date

Proposed Action

 

Fire Warnings and signage.

 

Fire extinguisher signs in situ

 

Fire door signs is situ

 

What to in the event of a fire signs in situ

 

Fire extinguisher’s  in staircases

 

Emergency lighting in situ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continual vigilance at all times.

Intervene before any risk becomes dangerous

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear

 

Continue to up grade where necessary and replace is damaged or fallen.

 

Emergency lighting checked weekly. Discharge test every six months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Limitation of Risks.

 

 

Risk

Action taken to date

Proposed Action

 

 

Fire Fighting Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

Dry Powder Fire extinguishers minimum 1lb installed in each flats.

 

Fire blanket installed in each flats.

 

Fire extinguishers installed in all staircases. Foam, Water, Dry Powder and CO2

 

Automatic dry powder fire extinguishers installed in the launderette and basement

 

Check weekly for vandalism, wear and tear

 

Check operations efficiency and dates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Limitation of Risks.

 

 

Risk

Action taken to date

Proposed Action

 

 

Staff training 

 

 

 

 

 

Written training instruction   and verbal training give to all staff and cleaners.

Copy held in blue site Training Manual in office middle drawer.

 

A fire safety check list is displayed on the office wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continual vigilance at all times.

Intervene before any risk becomes dangerous

 

 

 

Assess risks mentally at all times while on the premises; do not leave it to others.

 

All new members of staff to receive full training

 

Refresher training to be given to all staff annually

 

 

 

Assess risks mentally at all times while on the premises, do not leave it to others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Assessment.