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Fire risk assessments

We decided to publish our fire risk assessments (FRAs) here following a number of requests we have received under the Freedom of Information Act.

If the FRA you are looking for doesn’t appear here, please email info@northwardshousing.co.uk.

What is a fire risk assessment?

Sometimes known as fire safety assessments, FRAs were first introduced in October 2006, requiring organisations like Northwards to check all our high-rise and low-rise flats and retirement schemes for fire risks. The assessments have to be carried out by a suitably qualified or experienced person.

The assessment requires an annual inspection of the building to identify any fire hazards and remove or reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm.

In addition, the assessment looks at the existing safety measures and the way the building is being managed to ensure the safety of people, should a fire start. The FRA helps to do this by reducing the chance of a fire starting, making sure people can leave the premises safely during a fire and limiting the effects should a fire break out.

All of Northwards' properties had to comply with the building regulations when they were built. Our FRAs are the least intrusive type of assessment and involve inspecting communal and managed areas in the blocks. We carry out routine maintenance to check dry risers (the empty pipe that runs from the ground to the top of the building in a tower block, which allows fire fighters to connect it to pressurised water). We also work closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the safe evacuation of residents, if necessary, in the event of a fire. We also issued fire safety advice to all our high-rise tenants in 2017.

Some of the FRAs include follow up work called responses or actions. Urgent matters are prioritised and others are incorporated into our improvement and investment plans.

The FRAs are technical documents, so if there is anything in them you don’t understand, please email info@northwardshousing.co.uk and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Please see below for fire risk assessments by year: