The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space including but not limited to:-
- Offices and shops
- Care homes and hospitals
- Community halls, places of worship and other community premises
- Houses in Multiple Occupation – HMO’s (communal areas)
- Pubs, clubs, restaurants and places of public entertainment
- Schools and sports centres
- Hotels and hostels and anywhere with paying guests
- Factories and warehouses
It does not apply to people’s private homes, including individual flats in a block or house.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005, a ‘Competent Person’ should carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. As the responsible person you must ensure you have in place a fire risk assessment of the premises and regularly review it. This will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe.
Local fire and rescue authorities inspect premises and can issue fire safety notices telling you about changes you need to make and may even in extreme circumstances issue a prohibition notice to close your business until those changes are made. You could be fined or go to prison if you don’t follow fire safety regulations.
When building new premises or doing building work on existing premises, you must comply with building regulations. This includes designing fire safety into the proposed building or extension and we can offer guidance and advice.