Fire safety law

Legislation - what you need to know.

Fire and Rescue Services attended a total of 154,000 fires in England over the period of April 2012 - March 2013. Of these incidents, 16,500 were Primary fires that took place in buildings other than dwellings, typically commercial, health and education buildings.

(Source: 'Fire Statistics Monitor: April 2012 - March 2013' report, produced by Communities and Local Government under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority.)

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO)

Places a duty on a 'responsible person' (usually the owner, employer or occupier of business or industrial premises) to carry out a fire risk assessment. 'Responsible persons' under the FSO are required, following a risk assessment, to implement appropriate fire safety measures to minimise the risk to life from fire and to ensure staff are adequately trained (see Section 21 of the FSO).

If, having completed a fire risk assessment you require more practical advice and information, your local Fire and Rescue Authority may be able to help. Please note, we are not able to prescribe your specific training requirements, however our links below provide further guidance.

Guidance websites

Latest Fire Statistics
(clicking will direct you to the central government website)

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO)
(clicking will direct you to the central government website)

Guidance for businesses
(clicking will direct you to central government website)

Last reviewed
18 April 2013
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