Fire Safety - Risk Assessment

Residential Care Premises

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Fire Safety - Risk Assessment: Residential Care Premises

'Fire Safety - Risk Assessment: Residential Care Premises' is suitable for all employers, managers, responsible persons, occupiers, employees and owners of premises in England and Wales where the main use of the building or part of the building is to provide residential care. It will be intended for non-domestic residential premises with staff in attendance at all times and where many, most or all of the residents would require carer assistance to be safe in the event of a fire i.e. where residents would not be able to make their way to a place of safety unaided. These could include:

  • Residential and nursing homes

  • Rehabilitation premises providing residential treatment and care for addiction

  • Care homes and care homes with nursing (as defined by the Care Standards Act).

'Fire Safety - Risk Assessment: Residential Care' is not for day-care centres with no residential clients, sheltered accommodation where no care is provided, hospitals, out-posted nursing care in single private dwellings.

This guide is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: Explains what fire risk assessment is and how you might go about it. Fire risk assessment should be the foundation for all the fire precautions in your premises.

  • Part 2: Provides further guidance on fire precautions. The information is provided for you and others to dip into during your fire risk assessment or when you are reviewing your precautions.

Appendices provide supplementary information.

Fire safety law changed in October 2006

New fire safety rules affecting all non-domestic premises in England and Wales came into force on 1 October 2006, in accordance with the 'Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005' (S.I. 2005/1541, ISBN 0110729455), available below. The new law:

  • Emphasises preventing fires and reducing risk

  • Makes it your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who uses your premises and in the immediate vicinity

  • Does away with the need for fire certificates

These guidance notes will help you to comply with the new law. There are 12 'Fire Safety - Risk Assessment' Guides in the series and one Supplementary Guide 'Means of Escape for Disabled People' all of which are available below.

Extent 152 pages ISBN 9781851128181
Size A4 Price £21.00
Binding Paperback Published 17 Aug 2006
Availability In Stock: 1 - 2 days
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