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New guidance on fire safety in specialised housing

Posted on 01 Mar, 2017

TSA has supported the development of Fire Safety in Specialised Housing guidance which will be published on 1 April. It has been commissioned by the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) to improve consistency of regulation for the benefit of fire services, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the housing and social care sectors. The aim is to provide modern guidance that meets the news of the new ‘Care Landscape’ and prevents future deaths and injuries from fire that could be avoided.

The new guidance will apply to sheltered, extra care and supported housing (e.g. for a group of people with learning difficulties living together with support) and is designed to improve consistency and reduce risk to vulnerable residents by using a person-centred approach to tackling fire safety.

This guidance has significant impact for the TEC industry, providers of sheltered, extra care and supported housing and providers involved in the assessment, installation and monitoring of smoke detectors and alarms. The guidance is a detailed and thorough document and is now out for public consultation until 28th February. 

The Chief Fire Officers Association is keen to ensure that the guidance has full consideration by all stakeholders before it is published in April. Click here for more information.

TSA would greatly value members’ feedback at this point. Submit your thoughts using the template provided through the CFOA website link above.

If you require any further information please contact TSA on

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