Fire safety advice for businesses

Advice and how to comply with the law.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are fully committed to supporting local and national business located within Oxfordshire to ensure that we had a world class business environment for the benefit of all the members of our community.

To this end we are committed to enforcing the fire safety legislation that we are responsible for in a fair, transparent and proportional manner. Wherever possible we aim to provide assistance and guidance to achieve compliance with the legislation and only resort to formal action or prosecution in the most serious cases or where repeated failures have occurred.

For fire safety advice specific to your business please contact Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service directly:

Tel: 08000 325999

How to comply with the law

  • The responsibility for ensuring compliance with legislation generally lies with the responsible person, usually the employer or in some case the owner. For further details responsible person
  • The responsible person is required to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. For further details see risk assessment.
  • For further information on completing your fire risk assessment download fire safety advice for business premises from the Communities and Local Government website.


The Environment and Safety Information Act 1988

This act requires Fire and Rescue Services and Local Authorities to maintain a register of information concerning the issue of prohibition, alteration and enforcement notices, which must be open to inspection by the public free of charge.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service fulfil this statutory duty by inserting notices issued under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 into Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) enforcement register. This register can be found here.

Fire protection performance information

One of the cornerstones of the work of the fire and rescue service is in the area of Fire Protection. This work is focused on assisting business to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, so that the buildings in which people work, visit and enjoy leisure time are provided with facilities that will ensure a safe means of escape in the event of a fire starting.

This assistance may take the form of educational events, signposting to relevant guidance and the checking or auditing of fire protection measures.

All of our fire protection activities are targeted at those premises that we perceive present the greatest risk to the community. We are committed to enforcing the law so that members of the public and local employees are protected from the risk of death and injury caused by fire.

It is essential to us that the way in which we enforce fire protection supports our community, business and the Government’s expectations of enforcers. The Fire Protection Performance Information document gives a high level overview of the cost of fire protection activities carried out by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (OFRS), together with the outcomes of this work.

The performance information provided complies with the Chief Fire Officers Association circular 2013 –37 ‘The outcomes and impact of community fire protection activities’.

For all data provided, it’s important to note that the number of rate paying
non-domestic properties within the County of Oxfordshire is as per Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy stats (2012-13) = 19,901

Note: some of the non-domestic properties we have been involved with may not be covered within the CIPFA statistics even though the law does apply (e.g. Flats).

Fire safety training

Established in 1995, the Commercial Fire Training Unit exists within Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has a direct link to Oxfordshire County Council. The Unit delivers a variety of Fire Safety training in Oxfordshire to a wide range of businesses and institutions within Oxfordshire.

All our courses can be tailored to your needs and delivered at your premises (subject to required terms and conditions). We also offer scheduled an 'open' Fire Marshal course at a variety of venues located around Oxfordshire.

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Last reviewed
05 May 2015

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