Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

This reform replaced most previous fire safety legislation with one simple order.

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It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

Where does the order apply?

The order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space:

  • Offices and shops
  • Premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals
  • Community halls, places of worship and other community premises
  • Shared areas of properties where several households live in
  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • Schools and sports centres
  • Tents and marquees
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Factories and warehouses.

The main rules under the order

  • To carry out a fire risk assessment
  • Consider who may especially be at risk
  • Get rid of or reduce the risk of fire as far as reasonably possible and provide precautions to deal with any possible risks which are left
  • Take other measures to make sure there is protection if flammable or explosive materials are used or stored
  • Create a plan to deal with any emergency, keep a record of your findings and review your findings on a regular basis.

Under the order anyone who has control of premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a ‘responsible person’.

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