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Welcome to the fire Safety Advice Centre

What is fire Safety?

Fire safety describes precautions which might be taken to stop or decrease the possibility of a fire which will bring about death, harm, or property damage, alarm those in a construction to the clear presence of an uncontrolled fire in case one happens, better empower those endangered by fire to live or work in and evacuate from affected locations, or to escape damage caused by a fire.

Fire safety measures comprise those that are planned throughout the construction of a structure or executed in constructions that are already standing, and those which can be instructed to occupants of the building.

Most fires are preventable. They can be avoided by those responsible for workplaces and other buildings to which the public have access by taking responsibility for and embracing the right processes and behaviors.

What is the law in Britain?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers general fire safety in England and Wales.
In Scotland, demands on general fire safety are covered in Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, supported by the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
In most of premises, local fire and rescue authorities are accountable for applying this fire safety laws. HSE has enforcement duty on building sites, for atomic premises, as well as on boats under construction or undergoing repair.

What exactly does the law require me to do?

Companies (and/or building owners or occupiers) must perform a fire safety risk assessment and make sure that it stays completely up to date.

This shares the same tactic as health and safety risk assessments and will be implemented either within an overall risk assessment or as a different activity altogether.

According to the findings of the evaluation, companies must make certain that suitable and sufficient fire safety measures have been in place to minimise the danger of harm or loss of life in case of a fire.

Your risk assessment should identify what could make a fire to start out, ie sources of ignition (heat or discharges) and materials that burn, as well as individuals who might be at risk, to help alleviate problems with fire that may occur.
Once you’ve identified the hazards, and any existing control measures.  Consider whether you can avoid them entirely or, if this isn’t possible, how you’ll be able to decrease the hazards and handle them.

Additionally consider how you are going to protect individuals if you have a fire.