Fire Safety Statements: Burning Questions Answered for New Building Owners

Undoubtedly, fire presents one of the biggest risks to people's safety and the property they own. If you just built a new commercial facility, the least you can do is put up measures to guarantee people's safety during an emergency. The best way is to have emergency fire exits and fire equipment positioned strategically for immediate response. Many new landlords have no idea where to start when it comes to fire safety regulations. In this piece, you will read about fire safety statements and the relevant questions that will help you get it right:

What Is a Fire Safety Statement?

A good place to start is understanding the definition of fire safety statements. Essentially, it is a binding statement issued by the building owner. The statement affirms that qualified fire safety practitioners inspected, assessed and verified the functional state of your fire safety equipment and measures. The binding element is crucial because you are legally accountable for all the information provided in the statement.

What Are the Types of Fire Safety Statements?

There are two types of fire safety statements. The first one is annual fire safety statements. You need to issue them every year and include all the fire safety equipment and measures in place for your building. Secondly, there are the supplementary fire safety statements issued more frequently. These statements apply to critical safety measures put up as deemed necessary by the occupants or the owner.

What Equipment Should You Include in Your Fire Safety Form?

When it comes to safety compliance, you stand a better chance by including as much detail as possible. A comprehensive list of equipment shows the attention given to the safety of the occupants. Some of the equipment here include:

  • Emergency exits and lighting signage
  • Emergency warning systems such as fire alarms
  • Automated fire sprinklers
  • Portable fire blankets and fire extinguishers 

Make sure your statements always include any replacements you carry out and the practitioner who carried out the repairs. It helps to work with professionals who understand local regulations and give you the best services for compliance purposes.

What Are Some of the Critical Fire Safety Measures?

Critical fire safety measures are the reason you need supplementary fire safety statements. For example, a new tenant selling flammable fuels can sign up for a shop in your commercial building. You will need fire retardant walls and doors with an appropriate fire rating before the tenant can occupy such a shop. A supplementary fire safety statement will follow these changes to assure the authorities of the additional safety measures.

Reach out to a professional for more information about fire safety statements