5th August 2010

Fire Safety and the Law

Fire Safety and the Law

Are you up to date with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? Lawrence Ellerby from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service offers a helpful reminder.

Lawrence explains who the law applies to and where to find further information:

"The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 became the primary piece of fire safety law for England and Wales on October 1st 2006.

The principal aim of the introduction of the order was to rationalise and consolidate existing fire safety legislation, by providing a risk based approach to the implementation of fire safety measures for all commercial premises.

At the core of the legislation is the requirement for the responsible person i.e. the owner, employer or landlord, to ensure that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the premises is carried out to ensure that the level of fire precautions is adequate for the safety of anyone who is legally entitled to be on or in the vicinity of the premises.

The order applies to all commercial premises, including those providing guest accommodation in small premises such as;

  • Small B and B’s, guest houses, farmhouses, inns and restaurants with rooms
  • Self catering accommodation such as houses, cottages, flats and holiday caravans, and;
  • Hostels and small bunkhouses

Guidance booklets published to assist the responsible person in complying with the order are shown below. These are available from www.communities.gov.uk or by telephone 0300 123 1124."

Help, advice and information is also available on the Shropshire Tourism industry website: www.stmem.com/fire-safety-law.php

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