Each year people die or are seriously injured as a result of fires at work. Besides loss of life, fire costs UK business millions of pounds, from damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and insurance premiums.
Many fires can be avoided by taking fire precautions. If a fire does break out, the effects can be minimised by having effective controls and procedures in place.
In England and Wales, from October 2006 The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaced most existing fire safety legislation. Fire certificates are no longer required, and the emphasis is on preventing fires and reducing risk.
Anyone who has some control over premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. The regulations apply to all non-domestic premises.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has a statutory duty to effectively and efficiently enforce all fire safety legislation for which we have responsibility.
Our Technical Fire Safety Officers will provide information which is consistent, appropriate, transparent and timely, and the inspection of premises in regard to commerce and industry will be prioritised by risk.
For more information on how to prevent fire in your business click here or call South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Technical Fire Safety on 0114 272 7202.