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Business Advice

Make your workplace safer

All businesses and most other non-domestic premises have certain legal duties to keep people safe.  If you are an employer, you should make sure you and your staff know what to do to prevent a fire in the workplace and how to escape if a fire does break out.

Our key advice is:

Know the law

In October 2006 the government introduced the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The changes were designed to make the law easier to comply with and understand. You also need to know about how we enforce legislation. If you have a specific enquiry in mind, please contact your local Business Fire Safety Team for advice.

Fit sprinklers

There is a compelling case to be made for sprinklers in any commercial premises on the basis of loss of production or interruption to business. It is known that 85 per cent of small and medium businesses that suffer a serious fire either never recover or cease trading within 18 months. We promote the installation of sprinklers as a proven means to reduce the impact of fire on people, property and the environment.

Tell us about serious risks

If you’re concerned about a fire risk which may be a danager to life (for instance a company or organisation disregarding fire safety practices) you should contact your local fire safety regulation team. These risks may have serious implications and are dealt with quickly and in confidence by us. A ‘risk to life’ could include a disregard to fire safety practices, for example, blocked or locked fire exits.

This content was last updated on June 15th, 2017