With new fire safety regulations due to take effect from 23 January 2023, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging responsible persons for multi-occupied residential buildings to ensure their buildings are ready to comply when the regulations come into force.
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) were introduced to meet the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 recommendations. The Inquiry was established following the devastating Grenfell Tower Fire in 2017.
Matt Hoult, Group Manager, Prevention and Protection Policy, RBFRS said: “The new Fire Safety (England) Regulations impose significant new legal requirements of responsible persons for multi-occupied residential buildings.
“With less than two weeks to go, it’s crucial that responsible persons are prepared for the changes. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service is here to support responsible persons and would encourage you to visit our dedicated website page for more information.”
The Regulations require responsible persons of high-rise residential buildings to provide information on their building to Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service from 23 January 2023, which can be done via the website.
The information to be shared includes details of the construction of the external walls, floor and buildings plans, and information on known faults with key firefighting equipment. This information must be shared via electronic means.