A 1/3 of business fail the Fire Safety Test

In a recent release of government statistics, it is reported that more than a third of non-residential premises audited last year by the Fire & Rescue Authorities were not fully compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The most common areas of concern included the following: 1) The lack of a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment 2) Issues with emergency routes and exits 3) Maintenance of the fire precautions in the building This is interesting, because none of the above are typically expensive to address. Fire Risk Assessments in commercial premises have been a requirement in the UK since 1999, and one would expect that most people would have a bas

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP)

Are you aware what to do to ensure a visitor with mobility difficulties can safely evacuate the premises in the event of a fire? Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsible person is required to identify and record any group of persons identified by the assessment as being especially at risk. This would include those with limiting disabilities and those who may be unfamiliar with the premises. Best practice suggests that the fire risk assessment should identify the premises’ occupancy profile and therefore the potential for persons with disabilities to attend meetings, etc. The assessment should then determine any significant risks and what measures may be need

Fire Safety Advice to Landlords

Fire safety tips for landlords; If you rent a property to other people then you are not only responsible for the property itself but all for the fire safety of the people who occupy the premises/ There are two main pieces of legislation that govern the fire safety responsibilities of landlords, namely The Housing Act (2004) and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. As a rule of thumb the following are a landlord’s responsibility: Ensure that smoke alarms are fitted in the property on each level of the property in every home or flat and outside sleeping areas. Ensure that a fire risk assessment has been carried out for each property. Fire risks assessment should be carried out by a

7 Duties of a Fire Warden

Fire wardens play an important role in ensuring your business is prepared for a fire emergency. Along with your emergency plan, fire wardens are an important risk control measure to ensure that your workplace is prepared should an emergency situation, potentially a fire, occur. Key duties of fire wardens include: to assist in implementing and improving effective emergency procedures in your workplace; to help prevent emergencies by monitoring the adequacy of the fire risk control measures; to raise awareness with other staff about the fire hazards that exist in your workplace; to instruct workers in how to respond in an emergency; to lead the fire drills and real evacuation procedures – they

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