FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT REPORT

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					            FIRE RISK
            ASSESSMENT
            REPORT




7/31/2011   Quarter one - April to July 2011

            To comply with this legal requirement NCHA carry out Fire Risk
            Assessments in relation to properties in multiple occupation which
            have communal areas for example blocks of flats.
                                                                                    FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT REPORT




FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT REPORT
QUARTER ONE - APRIL TO JULY 2011



In the first quarter of 2011/12 the Estates Team carried out 7 Fire Risk Assessments on Communal Areas
where we have residents.
Various actions and recommendations have resulted and the following is a synopsis of the reported findings:-

Expert Advice & Guidance
On 1 of the Assessments the Estate Officer asked for advice from the Technical Officer in relation to the
suitability of meter cupboard doors which were of wooden construction. The reply was recorded confirming
that they are adequate for purposes of fire safety.
On another site the Estate Officer received reassurance that smoke alarms were not required in the stairwells
of that building after raising a query.

Signage
On 3 inspection sites Estate Officers noted loss or damage of Fire Safety signs and these were replaced.

Reported Repairs
On 2 of the sites the Estate Officer reported repairs to our Maintenance Department. In one case where
major works had previously been carried out on the site the Technical Inspector visited to ensure that the
smoke detection system had been correctly installed and the new electricals boxed in before confirming
completion to the Estate Officer. On the other site an unacceptable gap of 1 inch under a communal fire door
was noticed and reported for repair.

Resident Responsibilities/Reminders
On 4 of the sites Estate Officers wrote to residents to remind them of their responsibility for fire safety in the
building.
 In two cases all tenants were written to and told to remove personal belongings that had been left in the
stairwells or corridors creating a trip hazard and/or fuel source.
 On another site it was noted that residents had been using a gap between two floors to store goods which
created a fire risk. A request has been made to make funding available to block this gap off to prevent any
further breaches.
 In one case the Estate Officer found the main entrance doors propped open. A letter was sent reminding all
residents that the secure entry system was there to protect them and to deter arson attacks and should be
kept locked at all times.




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