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Fire safety in high rise buildings

This section provides advice for owners and managing agents of tall buildings, covering best practice and legal responsibilities. Safety advice for residents can be found here.

High rise buildings are, generally speaking, those buildings with ground and more than four upper floors or with a floor of more than 18m from the ground.

Since the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in 2017, the Service has been working hard to ensure that residents of high rise buildings and our firefighters are as safe as they can be. As such, we have visited every high rise building in the Service area, conducted familiarisation visits, and met with resident groups to advise and reassure.

The Dame Judith Hackitt review into high rise safety, the Government’s response documents, and the currently on-going public enquiry are continuing to change the thought processes about tall buildings, and we are working with Government and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) to ensure that we contribute to the debate and the subsequent proposed changes.

The following links and documents are designed for those living in or responsible for high-rise buildings:

Fire Safety (England) Regulations

The UK Government has now introduced the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which seek to implement several recommendations from Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and will come into force on 23 January 2023. The Regulations introduce new requirements for multi-occupied residential buildings, and different regulations apply depending on a building’s height. A full breakdown can be found in the graphic below.

Further information about these changes will be added to this website in due course.

Funding for the removal of unsafe cladding

Funding is available from Government for all leaseholders in high-rise buildings fitted with unsafe cladding – further information about funding options.

Waking watches

The Government has also announced a new £30 million fund to pay for the costs of installing an alarm system in buildings with unsafe cladding. Common Alarms systems will enable costly waking watch measures to be replaced in buildings waiting to have unsafe cladding removed.

The fund builds on recently updated guidance published by the National Fire Chief’s Council on buildings that change from a ‘Stay Put’ to a ‘Simultaneous Evacuation’ fire safety strategy.

Whilst waking watch, when established and operated in accordance with NFCC guidance, is an acceptable risk mitigation strategy, the guidance is clear alarms are preferable on the grounds of both safety and cost efficiency.

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