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Fire Safety: Are you legally compliant?

Posted: 11/12/19 by Marsden Fire Safety Ltd

Fire Safety: Are you legally compliant?

In the wake of recent fire related disasters in both commercial and residential properties, fire safety has once again been brought to the top of people’s agenda.

For some, there is still a grey area with regards to who is responsible for fire safety and exactly what their responsibilities are. In most circumstances the owner, employer or occupier of a premises are legally responsible for ensuring the correct fire safety precautions and procedures are in place.

Responsibilities include:

  • Carrying out thorough fire risk assessments and regular reviews (taking into account all persons likely to be on the premises).
  • Ensuring all potential hazards are removed as far as reasonably possible.
  • Putting in place and maintaining fire safety measures appropriate for your particular premises (such as alarms, fire doors, extinguishers, etc.)
  • Having a detailed emergency plan incorporating evacuation procedures and means of escape - emergency plans should never rely upon the intervention of the Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Ensuring employees have the correct information and training needed to ensure they are prepared in the event of a fire.

In summary, the “responsible person”, must ensure the safety of all persons inside their premises. Should a fire happen, they must be able to demonstrate that they did all you could to prevent it and minimise the risk to human life. Failure to do so could result in hefty fines or a prison sentence.

It is also important to note that local authorities have the power to inspect premises and issue fire safety notices or closures if premises are deemed not up to standard.

Marsden Fire Safety Ltd provide fire safety equipment, consultancy services, risk assessments, audits & professional training to business across the UK. To ensure you are legally compliant, contact us today.

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