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Fire Safety – PEEPS – Have your say

The Government is seeking views on new proposals to implement the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs). The proposals could have significant implications for the management of high-rise residential buildings, (those at least 18 metres in height or having at least seven storeys.)

PEEPs are common in the workplace, providing people who cannot get themselves out of a building unaided with a bespoke escape plan to use in the event of a fire emergency. However, the workplace and a residential building are different and therefore a PEEP in a residential setting will need to reflect that different context.

Residents in high-rise buildings may include owner-occupiers, private renters, social housing tenants or a mix of these. The proposals apply to all residents of high-rise buildings, regardless of the category.

Under the proposals, the Responsible Person would be required to prepare a PEEP for every resident in a high-rise residential building who self-identifies to them as unable to self-evacuate in the event of fire.

The PEEPs proposals are one of a wider package of measures being taken throughout Government to support persons with disabilities to remain safe from fire in their homes. As part of this package, MHCLG will be shortly publishing the work they are doing on research into Building Regulations (Approved Document Part M) and the use of buildings by persons who have disabilities.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 19 July 2021

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