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What is the current fire safety legislation for businesses?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 became law on 1st October 2006. This requires anyone who has some level of control in a business premises to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.
Does it affect me?
Yes, if you are:
The legislation does not apply to private homes, including individual flats in a block or house.
What do I have to do?
How do I carry out a fire risk assessment?
A set of guides which detail what you have to do to comply with fire safety law, how to carry out a risk assessment and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place are also available from www.communities.gov.uk/fire/firesafety/firesafetylaw/
Do I need a fire certificate?
Fire certificates are no longer valid. However, a fire certificate is a good starting point for your fire risk assessment.
Will the Fire and Rescue Service still inspect my premises?
In most cases yes, particularly in higher risk premises. However, they will not carry out your fire risk assessment for you - that is your responsibility!
Where can I get more information?
If you're a business and you want to find out more about what the legislation means and what your responsibilities are, we can help! Simply email us at email@example.com or call 0161 736 5866 and speak to one of our Fire Safety Officers.