A major fire at Lakanal House took place on 3rd July 2009 and resulted in 6 people being killed and another 17 people being admitted to hospital. It was identified that there were major breaches in the compartmentation of the building due to previous maintenance work. It was also identified that a number of fire doors did not fulfil their function due to lack of proper smoke seals and intumescent strips.

The aim of this seminar is to give guidance on adequate fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats, regardless of age. We will discuss common issues found in blocks of flats, with suggested fire safety solutions. Attendance at this course will enable you to understand the legislative requirements relating to blocks of flats and to apply them in a consistent and reasonable manner.



• Lessons to be learned from Lakanal house
• Background to fire safety in flats
• Fixed suppression systems eg residential sprinklers and water mist systems
• Do flats pose a serious risk
• Why do flats differ from a safety point of view
• The Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order
• The Housing Act 2004
• Overlap of legislation
• Fire risk assessment methodologies available
• Who should carry out a fire risk assessment?
• Third party certification schemes
• Fire prevention
• Electrical hazards
• Arson
• Means of escape
• Escape over roofs
• Benchmark for safety in flats
• Evacuation of residents
• Fire doors
• Means for warning
• Fire extinguishers
• Access and facilities for firefighters


Who should attend?
• Designers
• Architects
• Fire Safety Managers
• Building Control Bodies
• Regulators
• Enforcers
• Fire Officers
• Facilities managers



6 hours CPD


Only £955 plus VAT Up to 30 delegates.