Fire Risk Assessments
At Kensington and Chelsea Council we’re working to ensure your homes are kept safe. Since the Grenfell tragedy we have reviewed – and continue to review – the fire safety of your homes to ensure they are all up to standard.
We have commissioned independent assessors to carry out Fire Risk Assessments of all our properties. To ensure a high quality of Fire Risk Assessments, 20 per cent of the assessments are reviewed again by a separate, independent company. Both organisations hold third-party certification that demonstrates their competence and ability to carry out high quality work.
We are carrying out the works identified in the assessments and making the safety improvements.
We are in the process of publishing executive summaries of all Fire Risk Assessments on our website. References to individual flats, or images of individual flats (for example front doors), are being removed prior to publication to protect the privacy of residents.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Fire Risk Assessments.
What is a fire risk assessment?
Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) are a routine process that check the fire safety of buildings and analyses their fire risks.
The Council is required by law to carry out FRAs on all its social housing. The time between assessments varies depending on the type of building being assessed and the type of risk it is exposed to. They can take place every few months or up to every three years.
FRAs identify potential fire risks found at the time the assessment was carried out and the measures that should be taken to minimise or eliminate that risk. Some of the key things FRAs look at are the safety and integrity of exit routes, the structural measures in place to stop or slow down the spread of a fire and whether there is anything inside the building that could start, accelerate or spread a fire.
By law, anyone can carry out a Fire Risk Assessment, so long as it is suitable and sufficient. However, at Kensington and Chelsea Council, we are committed to carrying out the highest quality FRAs. We use fully accredited professionals, who use industry best practice processes to complete the assessments.
My block is rated as having a medium fire risk – is my block safe?
Yes, your building is safe unless the London Fire Brigade, who we work with closely, say otherwise. ‘Moderate’ is a risk rating applied to many residential housing blocks across the country.
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