Last reviewed 24 May 2022
In June 2021, the Home Office launched a consultation into proposals to implement the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) in high-rise residential buildings.
It has now reported, at GOV.UK, that it received more than 380 replies and that significant concerns were raised over the proportionality, the practicality and the fire safety case for PEEPs in all high-rise residential buildings.
The Government has therefore launched a new consultation (“Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing +”) on alternative proposals to support the fire safety of residents whose ability to self-evacuate may be compromised.
This EEIS+ consultation can be found at GOV.UK and is open for comments until 10 August 2022.
In the light of responses to the 2021 consultation, it seeks views on alternative proposals to support the fire safety of residents who would need support to evacuate in an emergency.
The consultation document recognises that if the Government were to mandate PEEPs (as implemented in some workplace environments), it is likely that Responsible Persons would have no practical choice but to respond by “staffing up” their building with a 24/7 presence.
Some Responsible Persons have put in place an approach centred around information sharing with their local Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) which aims to improve their operational response with regards to evacuating or rescuing mobility impaired residents.
This approach has often been supplemented by in-flat fire prevention or suppression measures and a focus on improving the fire safety of the building as a whole.
The Home Office said: “We remain determined to deliver proposals that achieve the policy aim of enhancing the safety of residents whose ability to self-evacuate may be compromised — in a way that is proportionate, practical and safe.”
During the consultation period, it will engage with a wide range of external stakeholders including residents’ groups, members of the Grenfell community, groups representing the protected characteristics most likely to be affected by the proposals, Responsible Persons (building owners, building managers and duty-holders), the FRS and other organisations who represent those who have statutory responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order or are otherwise affected or have an interest in it.