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Fire Safety Legislation

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – or RRO for short – was made under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001. It replaced most fire safety legislation with one simple order, and one set of legislation to comply with.

The RRO details 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 a fire occurs.

You could be fined or go to prison if you don’t follow fire safety regulations. Minor penalties can be up to £5,000. Major penalties have unlimited fines and up to 2 years in prison.

The RRO order applies to virtually all business premises and covers nearly every type
of building, structure and open space. For example, it applies to:

  • Offices and shops
  • Premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals
  • Community halls, places of worship and other community premises
  • The shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may also apply)
  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • Schools and sports centres
  • Tents and marquees
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Factories and warehouses

The Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests, for example if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.

Fire Safety Systems

BusinessWatch protects both your business premises and employees safety with a complete package of fire safety systems and services. From fully integrated fire alarm systems, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers, through to fire risk assessments and a comprehensive selection of fire safety training courses, BusinessWatch designs and implements your entire fire safety strategy to ensure compliance with legislation.

Why BusinessWatch

BusinessWatch are a British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) approved company. BAFE is the independent, third party certification registration organisation for the fire protection industry. Therefore, BAFE regularly audit us to ensure we continue to meet their strict criteria. The fire industry recognises BAFE audits as thorough, professional and the toughest in the industry, so we are experts in our field. As an accredited and approved BAFE company you have the peace of mind that not only do we meet or exceed the highest possible business performance standards, but we also security screen all relevant staff for your safety.

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