YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A CARE HOME OWNER

Care homes differ from other workplaces in that they are not only places or work but are also homes for their residents.  Fire safety is even more critical in care homes as it is often far more difficult to get elderly or vulnerable residents evacuated safely and quickly in an emergency. If you are a care home owner or manager, you are responsible for fire safety and there are a number of things you must do as part of your responsibilities.

Please Remember, You could be fined or go to prison if you do not follow fire safety regulations.

 

For care homes good housekeeping, such as storing waste in the appropriate storage areas and not letting it build up, will lower the chances of fire starting. In addition, the amount of electrical medical equipment used means that care homes are at greater risk of fire through overloaded sockets and overworked cables, so it is vital that Portable Equipment Testing (PAT) is carried out on a regular basis.

Your Responsibilities

As the “Responsible Person” you must:

  • Have an up to date fire risk assessment which has been reviewed and updated as required during the previous 12  months and pays attention to those at special risk such the elderly; people with disabilities, people with special needs  and children

  • Have an ‘L1’ fire alarm system throughout the premises which is fully serviced on a regular basis and is maintained in   full working order at all times

  • Have automatic smoke or heat detectors in every room and large areas such as cupboards and storage areas

  • Have an up to date evacuation plan that pays attention to those at special risk such as the elderly, people with             disabilities, people with special needs and children

  • Have fully operational fire doors which are checked at least quarterly

  • Ensure there is access to escape routes at all times and that the escape routes are free from hazards

  • Have the right fire extinguishers in the right places and make sure they are serviced on a regular basis

  • Make sure all staff have basic fire training and where appropriate evacuation training for vulnerable people

  • Carry out PAT testing on a regular basis

 

How can we help?

Here are just some of the ways Red Fire Safety Services Ltd can assist you to meet your legal responsibilities under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005:

  • Arrange for one of our qualified engineers to carry out a fire risk assessment

  • Formulate an emergency evacuation plan

  • Supply all fire safety equipment required including fire alarms and fire doors

  • Install all fire safety equipment required

  • Maintain your fire safety equipment and fire safety documentation

  • Provide fire safety training

  • Carry out PAT testing on a regular basis