Page last updated 14 May 2014

Meeting your legal obligations

It is now no longer the Fire and Rescue Service's duty to make sure that business premises are safe.  Accountability now lies squarely and firmly with 'the responsible person' in all premises other than a single private dwelling.

What do you need to do?

In England and Wales, if you are an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of a business or non-domestic premises, you are responsible for fire safety and therefore known as the 'responsible person'. As the responsible person, there are certain things you must do by law under the Fire Safety Order, which is enforced by your local fire and rescue authority. 

For further information on the responsibilities of the responsible person, see the 'fire safety and risk assessment' section on the Business Link website.

Make sure your staff know what do in the event of a fire

Make sure they are familiar with the evacuation drill and escape routes for the building.

  • Test your fire alarm weekly
  • Test your emergency lighting monthly

Carry out a fire risk assessment

Make sure you carry out a continuous fire risk assessment of your building ensuring the following points are followed:

  • Never obstruct sprinkler heads and fire detectors
  • Unsafe storage of waste packaging and pallets is a fire risk
  • Never leave waste containers close to buildings
  • Remove all sources of ignition wherever possible
  • Ensure that flammable liquids are stored safely
  • Make sure that machinery and equipment is maintained

Download the documents below for assistance with completing your risk assessment:

Fire Protection Officers

Our Fire Protection Officers (FPO) will audit the fire risk assessments and any relevant documentation relating to any premises.

At the end of the audit the 'responsible person' will be informed of their compliance level. The FPO will discuss any matters of concern with the 'responsible person'.

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