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Last Saturday, 1st October 2016, marks 10 years since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into place, and surprisingly some businesses are still not fully compliant with these regulations and claim to be unaware of the legislation. In 2012 it was estimated that 60% of UK businesses were still in breach of these laws, in 2016 it is suggested that the numbers are still too high.
Ignorance is no plea in the British judicial system, so if you are the owner or manager of a business the responsibility for fire safety measures lies with you. The full legislation is laid out on the government legislation website here.
There are a number of reasons your business could receive a visit from a fire officer: someone reported fire safety concerns regarding your business, randomly picked for an inspection, a fire or a near miss event. Times are indeed tough but avoiding fire safety legislation can have perilous consequences.
We recently outlined the importance and requirements of Fire Risk Assessments which Keybury can provide from our fire risk assessors. Additionally, fire alarm servicing and maintenance can also be carried out by our engineers, along with fire extinguishers and emergency lighting.
If you are unsure what is required from your business and would like further advice, why not give us a call to find out how we can help you meet the fire safety requirements and keep on the right side of the law.