1st Edition

Fire Safety in Residential Property A Practical Approach for Environmental Health

By Richard Lord Copyright 2021
    124 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    124 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to take the reader through all aspects of fire safety and management in residential settings, from origin and ignition, risk assessment, protection and prevention, as well as comparing effective enforcement options from across all parts of the UK. It outlines the basis of law, standards and guidance relating to fire safety and building performance, and critically evaluates the legal provisions and approaches to risk reduction with the focus on rented properties. 

    This book:

    • Provides wider access to fire safety knowledge previously generally used by regulators and specialists.
    • Examines fire risk assessments in domestic premises and the competency of assessors. 
    • Explains the approaches to fire safety enforcement the impact of property licensing.
    • Includes fire risk precautions for housing and general checklists to help landlords and tenants understand their responsibilities  
    • Explores the effect of existing legislation with references to key Property Tribunal decisions relating to fire risk management and future legal developments. 

    This book will assist Environmental Health Officers and Environmental Health Practitioners – as well as graduating academics of the field – in their work to encourage the appropriate and effective use of legislation. Landlords, Estate managers, student accommodation managers, surveyors and tenant groups may also find this book of interest.

      1. Introduction  2. The development of fire safety legislation  3. Principles of fire  4. Fire safety risk assessment and fire protection in residential premises  5. Essentials of fire safety management in residential dwellings  6. Fire safety, the HHSRS and property licensing - law and practice  7. Fire risk and precautions for different types of housing  8. Management and regulation of blocks of flats and larger student accommodation developments  9.Future legal developments


      Richard Lord is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner who has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health since 1998. He is the owner and director of Housing Audit Services Ltd, an independent Housing and Health consultancy service providing support services to private sector landlords, managing agents and private sector providers of student accommodation. He specialises in fire safety in HMO's, assisting landlords and managers with overall compliance with the Housing Act 2004 and associated regulations, and fire risk assessments. Richard is part of the national team of ANUK/Unipol verifiers who audits members compliance against the National Codes of Standards for Larger Residential Developments with particular expertise concerning fire safety in student accommodation. He provides HMO support services, including fire safety risk assessments, to landlords and portfolio managing agents of smaller HMO's mainly across the East of England.