Fire Risk Assessment information

​Find the block you live in

The Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) are listed according to the ward you live in. If you aren't sure which ward you live in, please enter your postcode below and it will tell you where you live and then you can click on the ward and it will take you to a list of buildings from which you then select your building's FRA.

​What is a Fire Risk Assessment?​ 

A Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is a report and assessment of any significant fire hazards within a building. It also identifies the consequences to residents and others in the unlikely event of a fire.

The FRA provides a list of any work which will need to be done to reduce fire risks and the timetable for any such work.

Newham Council has a rolling programme of FRAs which it carries out across all tall tower blocks it manages. Every Newham Council managed tall tower block has a valid FRA. The council also receives FRAs carried out on the five Newham Council blocks managed by other organisations.

FRAs are legally required and cover only the communal areas of blocks. Some of the issues they take into account include the safety of exit routes, measures in place to stop or slow down the spread of a fire and any factors that could start, accelerate or spread a fire.

An FRA does not examine cladding or go inside individual flats. Further more intensive checks are currently being carried out by Newham Council to investigate this.

An FRA will carry out the following:
  • Identify any fire hazards using an industry standard checklist
  • Identify how to stop or control  any fire hazards
  • Assess how likely a fire is to occur
  • Determine fire protection measures in place
  • Assess the likely consequences in the event of a fire
  • Assess the fire risk
  • Set out an action plan to deal with any issues which arise as a result of the FRA
  • Set the date for when any identified works should be completed.
The action plan will show what works are required to improve fire safety and ensure residents are kept as safe as possible.

FRAs for tall tower blocks are reviewed every year or when significant works are carried out, whichever is sooner.

All residential tall tower blocks managed and owned by Newham Council have an up-to-date FRA.


Who carries out FRAs?

FRAs must be carried out by a person with qualifications and experience in Fire Risk Management. 

How is the fire risk score worked out?

The fire risk score is based on how likely a fire is to occur and how severe it would be. The final score will identify the level of risk in the building set out in the table below. 
Score Degree Consequence
0 Trivial No action is required and no detailed records need to be kept.
1-3 Tolerable No major additional controls required. However, there might be a need for minor improvements.
4 Moderate It is essential efforts are made to reduce the risk. Measures should be implemented within a set time period. If there is a chance the risk could cause extreme harm, further assessment will be required. 
6 Substantial Considerable resources should be allocated to reduce the risk. If the building is empty, it should not be occupied until the risk has been reduced. If the building is occupied, urgent action should be taken.
9 Intolerable Building (or relevant area) should not be occupied until the risk is reduced.

Responsibility of tenants and leaseholders

All tenants and leaseholders have a legal responsibility to take reasonable fire precautions. This is set out under the terms of your tenancy agreement/lease.

It is important to note the FRA offers a snapshot of issues found at the time of the inspection taking place and will not take into account issues that may arise in between FRAs being carried out. Residents should report any concerns they have directly to the council through

Your home should have a working internal smoke alarm. If for any reason your smoke alarm is not working, please call the Repairs Operation Centre on 0800 952 5555 or​ to arrange for one to be fitted.

Tenants and leaseholders can also help by:

  • Testing the smoke alarm in your property regularly.
  • Ensuring all fire doors are shut.
  • Keeping balconies and all communal areas free from rubbish, bicycles, electrical appliances or any clutter.
  • Making sure you know where your nearest fire exit is.
  • Preventing unauthorised people from entering the building.
  • Not smoking in communal areas in the building; if you have to smoke in your home, always fully extinguish cigarettes and dispose of them carefully and safely.
  • Reporting any crime or anti-social behaviour in or around the block to the Metropolitan Police or the council.​

If you are a leaseholder, please check the terms of your lease as you will have a different responsibility towards fire safety. If you are unsure, please contact the leasehold service team on 

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