As a responsible landlord, Hull City Council takes all reasonable actions to ensure the safety of its residents. This is particularly the case with fire safety in high rise flats.
We want to be accountable to our residents and as part of our commitment to greater transparency regarding fire safety we will publish all our Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs), undertaken by independent assessors, on this website. We will also publish the action plan showing what works have been undertaken in each block.
What is a fire risk assessment?
Fire Safety Risk Assessments (FRAs) are a routine process that checks the fire safety of buildings and analyses their fire risks.
Our assessments and action plans
The Council is required by law to carry out fire risk assessments on all of its high rise flats. The time between assessments varies depending on the type of building being assessed and the type of risk it is exposed to, they can take place every few months to two years.
FRAs identify potential fire risks found at the time the assessment was carried out and the measures that should be taken to minimise or eliminate that risk. Some of the key things FRAs look at are the safety and integrity of exit routes, the structural measures in place to stop or slow down the spread of a fire and whether there is anything inside the building that could start, accelerate or spread a fire. They are carried out by fully accredited professionals, who use industry best practice processes to complete the assessment.
FRAs provide a snapshot of fire safety at the point in time at which they were carried out. The contents of the resulting action plan vary considerably as do the timescales which the report specifies for the completion of those works. Often the most urgent actions involve the removal of fire hazards in communal areas which would immediately reduce the fire risk. Any works to the fabric of the building such as fire doors or fire stopping between flats inevitably take longer to complete and a longer time will be specified in the FRA.