Fire safety legislation applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space.
It does not apply to people’s private homes, including individual flats in a block or house, but does apply to common areas of blocks of flats.
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) applies in England and Wales.
- The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (as amended) applies in Scotland,
- The Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 apply in Northern Ireland.
In addition to the above, there are numerous pieces of legislation that have implied and specific requirements in relation to fire safety.
You’re responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re:
- an employer
- the owner
- the landlord
- an occupier
- anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor
- You’re known as the ‘responsible person’. If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities. You could go to prison if you do not follow Fire Safety regulations.
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