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Liberty enhances fire safety for tenants ahead of new legislation

05 September 2022

PRIOR TO the Fire Safety Act 2021 coming into force in January next year, property services business Liberty is launching a new team to improve fire safety for tenants living in multiple occupancy buildings. The news follows on from the company’s recent BM TRADA Q-Mark certification, providing national recognition of its skills in this area.

As of January 2023, landlords presiding over multiple occupancy properties will now need to inspect fire doors more frequently to ensure that they are maintained correctly.

Going forward, Liberty’s specially trained Passive Fire Protection Team will support clients to meet their obligations with directly employed, specially trained staff who will repair, maintain and install fire doors in line with the Q-Mark scheme, in turn helping to provide a consistent service that’s supported by test evidence.

This will help prevent problems that can arise when landlords contract building repairs to general maintenance contractors. When this happens, fire door repairs may be undertaken by individuals lacking specialist knowledge and could result in the effectiveness of the fire protection being reduced.

Fire door inspections and fire stopping

Liberty is also able to offer fire door inspections and fire stopping work, which involves sealing openings to prevent uncontrolled fire spread throughout buildings. These services are available to both new and existing clients.

For existing clients, where Liberty already takes care of day-to-day repairs in communal areas, the newly accredited team will now complete repairs to fire doors as well, thereby affording clients maximum confidence in a given building’s passive fire protection systems.

For new clients, the BM TRADA Q-Mark certification means landlords can rest assured that Liberty consistently meets the requirements of the Building Regulations and industry Best Practice.

Third party certification

Commenting on this latest development, Gavin Saunders (assistant director of Liberty) said: “Safety always comes first. We’re proud to have gained third party certification for such an important aspect of our work and know that our new team will do an excellent job to help increase protection from fire in clients’ buildings.”

Saunders added: “Our clients can be confident that the work carried out by our Passive Fire Protection Team will be compliant and completed by operatives specifically trained for the task.”

*Further information is available online at www.liberty-group.co.uk/