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Information to Residents

Theme 10

Information to Residents

Last updated: 08 July 2021

Recommendation

33.28

That the owner and manager of every residential building containing separate dwellings (whether or not it is a high-rise building) be required by law to provide fire safety instructions (including instructions for evacuation) in a form that the occupants of the building can reasonably be expected to understand, taking into account the nature of the building and their knowledge of the occupants.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Progress

Status

In progress

The Fire Safety consultation included proposals to require the Responsible Person to provide fire safety information (including instructions for evacuation) to residents in an accessible manner. The Government also sought views on whether other information should be provided to residents.

The Government’s response to the Fire Safety consultation was published on 17 March 2021 (link).

Furthermore, the Building Safety Bill, introduced into Parliament on 5 July, includes a provision to the effect that Responsible Persons in buildings that contain two or more sets of domestic premises must provide residents with relevant and comprehensible information about fire safety matters.

The Government intends to implement the recommendation to provide fire safety instructions through regulations made under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order (FSO). The Government intends to lay these Regulations this autumn.