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Fire cover public consultation is now open: visit our consultation page for more information about the proposed changes and you can have your say by filling in our consultation survey.

P - Previous signs of fire

Remember, burn marks are signs of a fire that just hasn’t taken hold yet!

Below are some examples of warning signs for fire scoring.

Cooker top with signs of smoke damage from previous fire
Hob fire
Dark heat marks shown on inside wall of building
Heat marks near fabric
Small burn marks on a carpet
Carpet burns
Burn marks on the top of a table
Furniture burns

Occupiers that have had previous fires in their homes may continue to be exposed to risk due to the conditions that allowed a fire to start in the first place. This could be due to medical conditions, occupations such as smoking, or through their living conditions and lifestyle.

Smoke detection and the ability of the individual to respond to an alarm are considered in this category.

  • Fitting a smoke alarm on every floor of a home should be recognised as a minimum standard (in a circulation space such as a hall or a landing)
  • Detectors should be sited on a horizontal surface, no closer than 300mm from a light fitting or a wall
  • It is recommended that additional smoke alarms are fitted in every room which is regularly inhabited by the occupants, based on the level of fire risk.
  • Smoke detectors should be tested regularly – once a week is recommended
  • Linked smoke alarms are beneficial where it is unlikely the person would alert emergency services in the event of a fire

For all scores below, it is important to consider the person’s physical ability to respond to alarm, to hear the alarm (consider sensory impairments) and their cognitive ability to recognise an alarm, respond appropriately and recall evacuation plan. We should also consider whether alcohol or drugs would impact on their response.

  1. 1 - Rare

    No signs of fire - would respond to an alarm

  2. 2 - Unlikely

    No signs of fire - would not respond to an alarm. Automatic detection in place

  3. 4 - Possible

    No signs of fire - would not respond to an alarm. No automatic detection in place

  4. 8 - Likely

    Actual fire in the past 12 months (other than current incident) - would respond to an alarm. This includes any evidence of historic burn marks

  5. 10 - Extremely Likely

    Actual fire in the past 12 months (other than current incident) - would not respond to an alarm.

    This includes evidence of historic burn marks