Protection (Fire Safety)

Find out more about the legislation and regulations relating to Protection (Fire Safety) in all premises other than single private dwellings.

Proposed Industrial Action by members of the Fire Brigades Union

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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (The Order) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.  The Order applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), as well as places of worship, schools, charity organisations and public buildings etc.

Fire Certificates no longer have any legal status.

The Order places responsibility for fire safety with the Responsible Person for the premises. Under the Order, the Responsible Person is required to carry out a fire risk assessment and put in place appropriate fire safety measures to manage the risk, based on the specific circumstances of their premises.

The Order is enforced by periodic inspections (audits), carried out by officers of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, the enforcing authority for the county of Suffolk. The Service follows a risk based inspection programme; this means that a premises risk is assessed by building and occupancy type, along with other significant factors.

The Government has published a Short Guide to Making Your Premises Safe From Fire, a booklet containing simple, practical advice for those people responsible for fire safety in small and medium places of business. It provides guidance about how to make sure that you are meeting the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

For those people whose first language is not English, copies of the 'Short Guide' booklet are available in alternative languages on the Chief Fire Officers Association website.

All of the guidance documents relating to Protection (Fire Safety) in all types of premises, other than single private dwellings, can be viewed on the GOV.UK web site.

Information about fire safety in locations other than the workplace can be found within the Prevention (Community Fire Safety) pages on this web site.

Blue Watch: The sign of a safer property

Blue Watch is a home safety scheme, supported by  UK Fire and Rescue Services, for tenants, homeowners and landlords. The Blue Watch logo is a sign of a safer property. Displaying it states that a trusted fire safety expert has validated a property or product.

Blue Watch: the sign of a safer property
Blue Watch: The sign of a safer property

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