01709 230180 | David Copley - david.copley@elitefirestop.co.uk /
Jon Froggatt - jon.froggatt@elitefirestop.co.uk      
01709 230180 | David Copley - david.copley@elitefirestop.co.uk /
Jon Froggatt - jon.froggatt@elitefirestop.co.uk      
Fire Risk Assessment

Fire Risk Assessment

Fire compartmentation is the subdivision of buildings into manageable areas of risk, in order to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, and to provide adequate means of escape.

It is a prerequisite of the Fire Security Order that the ‘responsible person’ guarantees secure means of escape are accessible at all times. A fire risk assessment will ordinarily not incorporate an extensive assessment of fire compartmentation in out-of-reach areas, for example over suspended ceilings. Therefore, a detailed compartmentation study needs to be done.

Guaranteeing suitable fire partition throughout a building is one of the most effective, but not often considered, means of protecting premises and their tenants. Our experienced assessors undertake non-invasive overviews, and invasive where needed, to check not only that compartmentation exists, but that it is appropriate for the circumstances. To meet the legal prerequisites of the RRO, building proprietors and occupiers must guarantee that the fire compartmentation in their buildings is vigorous and being satisfactorily overseen and maintained.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states all organisations must ensure that fire protection components within a building are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
We will help you achieve passive fire protection compliance with a range of options. Our services span from formulating specifications at the design stage to on-site inspections at completion. In existing buildings we can assist with the creation of fire strategy drawings, or detailed on-site inspection of fire walls and fire doors.

A standard survey covers:

Gap Sealing

  • An inspection of the overall condition of the existing fire compartments.
  • An assessment of the condition and effectiveness of the sealing of wall/soffit interfaces.
  • An inspection of existing fire seals applied to service penetrations through fire compartment lines.
  • An assessment of the materials used to seal existing service penetrations/linear joints and in particular whether appropriate fire rated materials appear to have been used and whether they appear to have been applied/installed in an appropriate manner.
  • The presence of any damage to fire compartment lines that is likely to reduce the effectiveness of the fire compartment.
  • The presence of unprotected structural steelwork within fire compartments which may have an impact on the overall effectiveness of the expected fire performance of the building.
  • The presence of fire dampers within ducts passing through designated fire compartment lines. Where dampers are present an assessment of the positioning and fixing methods used was made.
  • An assessment of the materials and methods used to construct any dry lined walls which form part of the fire compartmentation.
  • An assessment of any specific issues relating to the ability to reinstate fire compartmentation (the presence of items of equipment or services which may prevent access to the required area).
  • Elite Fire Stop will provide an Excel defects schedule of the issues encountered during the survey. Usually these will be photographed and will be referenced to the CAD plan so their location can be found.

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