Objectives will be to:-

•Understand current fire legislation and best practices as applicable to social housing.
•Allow the attendee to review their existing fire risk assessment.
•Identify current fire safety issues and workable solutions.

Course content:

Will be based around existing good practice and related policies and procedures.

Method:

•Participative workshop
•Key messages will be delivered through facilitated activities
•A variety of training methods will be used e.g. group work, problem solving exercises and PowerPoint
•Experience sharing will be encourage

Provisional topics to be covered:

Course intro and aims and objectives

•The law and guidance relating to fire safety in social housing.
•The effects of the Local Government Group document “Fire Safety in Purpose Built Blocks of Flats”. Means of escape in case of fire, fire alarm systems, emergency lighting, fire-fighting equipment, staff fire training and record keeping.
•Adaption of site-specific fire risk assessments to include organised events in common areas e.g. Christmas parties, renting of rooms to third parties.
•Personal evacuation plans (PEEPS). What should be covered and who should be covered.
•Risks posed by visiting contractors to include reference to hot works permits and potential threats caused by work being undertaken.
•Testing and maintenance of alarms and emergency lighting systems. Who should be carrying this out and how to carry it out.
•Fire extinguishers, what do they do, specific locations and issues with maintenance.
•Security/arson what are the main issues and how to spot the potential risks.
•Developing a workable fire evacuation plan for sheltered and social housing.
•Motor scooters potential fire risks and ways to control them.
•Refurbishment and the potential fire risk involved including new front doors, painting communal areas and remedial works.
•Education of tenants and six golden rules they should know.
•Unwanted alarms and issues identified for resetting fire panel.