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Holiday Let Fire Risk Assessment

 

 

 

RISK ASSESSMENT FOR

 

THE SALT LODGE

11 St. Eia Street

ST IVES

CORNWALL

TR26 1PQ

 

 

thesaltlodge-stives.co.uk

 

 

20th January 2009


Contents:

1.    Executive Summary

2.    Record of significant findings

3.    Risk Assessment checklist

 

1. Executive Summary

 

Fire prevention:

Taking into account the fire prevention measures observed at the time of this risk assessment, it is considered that the hazard from fire (likelihood of fire) at these premises is medium.

 

In this context, a definition of the term medium is:

 

Ø      Normal fire hazards for this type of occupancy, with fire hazards generally subject to proper controls.

 

Life risk:

Taking into account the nature of the building and the occupants, as well as the fire protection and procedural arrangements observed at the time of this fire risk assessment, it is considered that the consequences for life safety in the event of fire would be “slight harm.”

 

In this context, a definition of the term “slight harm” is:

 

Ø      Outbreak of fire unlikely to result in serious injury or death of any occupant.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

 

Taking into account the findings of the fire risk assessment I find the overall premise to be classed as a low risk.  In this context, a definition of the term tolerable is:

 

No major additional controls required.  Due to the nature of the refurbishment with new electrical system, plumbing and mains smoke detectors throughout with the inclusion of a mains heat detector in the kitchen and the additional exit at the Teetotal street side of the property though the lounge together with the one hour fire doors this property is above the currant building regulations of 2008.

 

 

2. Record of Significant Findings

 

            1 .   Fire Hazards:

 

 

Sources of ignition

 

Sources of fuel

 

Sources of Oxygen

1.

 

2.

 

Toaster sited under           kitchen cupboard.

.cooker hob

 

 

1.

 

2.

 

Fabrics and textiles.

 

Fabrics and textiles.

 

 

1.

 

2.

 

Normal circulating air

 

Normal circulating air

 


 

2.      People at Risk:

 

Up to 10 persons including on occasion:

Disabled residents (Non–abled bodied, hard of hearing /special needs);

Foreign nationals with language difficulties;

Persons unfamiliar with their surroundings.

 

3.      Evaluate, Remove, Reduce, and Protect from Risk

 

(3.1) Evaluate the risk of the fire occurring

 

Ø        Any High risks: from heat from toaster (burning toast) could ignite/spread to kitchen cupboards.

Ø        This is a non smoking property.

 

(3.02)Evaluate the risk to people from a fire starting in the premises

Ø        It is likely that if a fire started detection would be quick due to fitted smoke/heat alarm activation and/or by residents being in close proximity within confines of property.

 

(3.3)         Remove and reduce the hazards that may cause a fire

Ø        Move toaster to a place in kitchen where overhead clearance exceeds 1 metre and horizontal clearance exceeds 30 centimetres.

Ø        Weekly clean of kitchen extraction system. (Filter changes in accordance with manufacturers recommendations.)

Ø        Smoking is one of the major causes of fire in domestic properties - a no smoking policy in this property eliminates this risk.

 

(3.4)         Remove and reduce the risks to people from a fire

Ø        Clear advice of fire hazards/risks and emergency escape routes should be made part of the guests welcome pack (this can be provided if necessary.)

Ø        Provision of a fire blanket in the kitchen and a CO2 fire extinguisher in the kitchen area.

Ø        Annual PAT testing of electrical items. (all items are new 2008 and have not been used as yet.)

Ø        Annual gas boiler test.  (new boiler certified.)

Ø        Annual maintenance check of fire extinguisher(s).

Ø        Routine checks of doors ensuring they close effectively.

Ø        Weekly check of smoke alarm.

Ø        Weekly check of fire escape route, (to include no blockages, storage of combustible items, ignition points.)

 

 

     3. Risk Assessment checklist

Listed below are the contemporaneous notes of the risk assessment

 

Property is a four-bed roomed house grade 2 with access from front and rear of the property having had full refurbishment ion 2008 It is in very good/new condition.

 

Hazard identification

Ignition sources:

Evidence shown of fixed electrical installations checked on 2008 as new, portable electrical all new 2008.  New gas boiler (CORGI certified 2008),

 

 

Fuel sources:

Furniture (all showing furniture and fittings fire regulations in accordance with 1988 legislation – amended 1989, 1993.)  Mattress and bed complies to BS7177.  , kitchen clean – no combustibles stored near cooker hob or oven.


Oxygen sources:

Normal air circulating by kitchen extraction

 

People at risk

Those letting, especially those with disablement, including hearing impaired and learning difficulties, also foreign nationals with language difficulties.  Foreign nationals not understanding emergency escape route signage (although all escape route signs are to European standard in ‘Pictogram’ form.

Why are they at risk?

Any disabled should be accompanied on holiday by able-bodied persons to assist in evacuation.

 

Protect from risk

Fire detection and warning

Does the existing means of detection ensure a fire is discovered quickly enough for the alarm to be raised in time for all the occupants to escape to a place of safety?  If electrical, does it have a battery back-up supply?  Can the alarm be heard and understood throughout the building?

Provision of mains circuited smoke alarms in all bedrooms lounge and dining area with aheat detector to the kitchen.  No carbon monoxide gas detection fitted.  Foreign nationals may not understand significance of sounding alarm, hearing impaired may not hear.

 

 

Answer yes or no to the following questions and note any necessary actions

 

Fire extinguishing

1.      Are the right types of extinguishers located close to the fire hazards and can users get to them without exposing themselves to risk?

 

2.      Are there enough sited throughout the property at appropriate locations?

 

3.      Are the extinguishers visible or does their position need indicating?

 

4.      Are fire extinguishers regularly maintained?

 

5.      Is the street hydrant accessible – i.e. not parked on?

 

6.      Is there clear access for fire engines?

 

7.      Do you have the necessary procedures in place to maintain any facilities that have been provided for the safety of people (fire-fighting lifts, dry-risers disabled chair lifts)?

CO2 extinguisher to be fitted in kitchen area, a fire blanket in the kitchen, maintenance schedule required for extinguisher, fire service at time of inspection was unobstructed.

 

Escape routes

1.      Is the building constructed so that if there is a fire, heat and smoke will not spread uncontrolled through the building to the extent that people are unable to use the escape routes? ? Emergency escape routes are well defined – protected staircase and protected holding area at top of stairs all with one hour fire doors.

 

2.      Are holes or gaps in the ceilings, walls or floors properly sealed where electrical wires or ventilation ducts pass through them? None seen

 

Can all the occupants escape to a place of total safety within a reasonable time? Yes – travel distances well within normal risk guidelines and building regulations.

 

Are the existing escape routes adequate for the numbers and type of people who may need to use them e.g. disabled, very young? This property is not let to wheel chair bound persons, all escape routes are of adequate width to allow rapid escape to able bodied persons.

 

3.      Are the exits in the right place and do the escape routes lead as directly as possible to a place of total safety? Yes – front of ground floor and rear of the first floor.

 

4.      Are the escape routes and final exits kept clear at all times? They were at time of assessment.

 

5.      Do the doors on the escape routes open in the direction of travel? No as this is a domestic house and these are external doors (all perfectly acceptable).

 

6.      Can all final exit doors be opened easily and immediately if there is an emergency? They did at time of assessment.

 

7.      Will everyone be able to safely use the escape routes from your premises? Yes

 

Are the people within the building aware of the importance of maintaining the safety of the escape routes e.g. by ensuring fire doors are not wedged open, and combustible items are not stored within them?  This should be reiterated on the welcome information pack.

 

8.      Are there any particular or unusual issues to consider? None forthcoming

 

Emergency lighting

1.      Are emergency escape routes covered by emergency lighting? There is external street lighting at both exits

 

2.      Will there always be sufficient available lighting to safely use the escape routes? Yes

 

3.      Do you have back up power supplies for your lighting? n/a

 

Signage

Where necessary are escape routes and exits, the location of firefighting equipment and emergency telephones indicated by appropriate signs?  This is very obvious although a map is located in the welcome pack.

 

1.      Have you provided notices such as those giving information on how to operate security devices on exit doors, those indicating doors enclosing fire hazards that must be kept shut and fire action notices

 

Recording

Are records of electrical, gas and fire extinguisher checks and maintenance being kept?   ?   Fire extinguisher checks required in accordance with BS 5306  - electrical and gas all documented.

 

Is the property conducting fire risk assessment annually or when any significant change occurs?  This is the property’s first fire risk assessment.

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