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Residents group back new fire safety guidelines for flats

The new guidance will run alongside existing advice on housing fire safety published in 2008. As well as dealing with new-build, repair and refurbishment in flats, it will also tackle issues surrounding vandalism.

Federation Chairman Bob Smytherman said:

“Clear, comprehensive and unambiguous fire safety guidance is desperately needed for those of us responsible for fire safety in blocks of flats The existing advice covers most types of property, but it was never sufficient for common parts of blocks of flats and some landlords and residential management companies which are often run by volunteer Directors are unsure of their legal responsibilities in such buildings. This was also compounded by fire risk assessors being unclear about the level of investigation required when carrying out risk assessments, which often led to confusion over the need for things like fire fighting equipment, alarm systems and emergency lighting in the common ways.

These extra guidelines should resolve these issues and help make sure everyone involved in the housing sector knows exactly what they have to do so residents are made as safe as possible without being burdened with increased bureaucracy or inflated services charges as unscrupulous managing agents and landlords opt for expensive and unnecessary fire alarm systems."

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