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Guest SarahC

I live in a flat and share a communal area with two other flats. Our managing agent advised us to have the fire alarm removed as it was out of date and very temperamental. We have done an FRA and concluded that there is little/no risk of a fire breaking out in the communal area as it is only a hallway with no furniture in it. Under the fire safety order 2005 I cannot see an obligation to have a mains wired fire alarm system so would we need to get another one installed?

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Are you the owner/freeholder of the building as he/she is the Responsible Person and it is the RP who has to conduct FRA who has to make the decision on any fire safety matters. Also the managing agent usually takes on the role of RP for the owner and any decisions should be theirs?

A fire alarm may have been required because of poor compartmentation between the flats and the common areas resulting in a fire in a flat spreading to the common areas.

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A lot of residential premises were wrongly fitted or retrofitted with common residential smoke alarms or full fire alarm systems, so removal is not necessarily incorrect.

However the fire sterile nature of common parts does not automatically mean some form of site wide system isn't needed - as Tom says if the compartmentation of the flats is poor then something may be required - the FRA should detail what is/isn't needed and why.

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