Updated Good Practice Guidance: Fire Safety in Sheltered & Retirement Housing


One of the most common issues raised by erosh members is fire safety. Members have experienced quite different approaches in relation to responding to alarms and false alarms, inspections, fire boxes, and stay put policies. There are often significant inconsistencies between advice and guidance given by different local authority Fire & Rescue Services, between inspecting fire officers and fire officers who attend a fire alarm activation, and even between different inspecting fire officers or different attending fire officers! This has left our members uncertain about the correct, most effective approach to ensuring the safety of their residents in the case of fire and fire prevention.

Our Fire Safety in Sheltered and Retirement Housing good practice guide is a handy source of general information in relation to fire safety in sheltered and retirement housing which highlights key considerations and signposts you to sources of pertinent information. Our guide has been developed with the help of key experts from Fire & Rescue Services in England and Wales.

We have also updated our Good Practice Guide (see new Section 15) following the tragic events at Grenfell Towers, London. There are a few other small changes too so make sure you download this latest version.

Click here to go to our Fire Safety good practice guide.

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