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What is the Law?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers general fire safety in England and Wales.
Fire Safety law in the UK applies to any place (though there are a few exceptions, including domestic premises). The law requires the ‘Responsible Person’ to ensure the safety of people in the event of fire.
The Responsible Person in a workplace is an employer. If it is not a workplace the ‘Responsible Person’ is the occupier or the building owner.
A ‘Responsible Person’ must ensure that a Fire Risk Assessment has been completed and is kept up to date.
Who does this law apply to?
Everyone (…well almost)!
Where the Fire Safety Order applies, legal duties are imposed on any person who has at least some control over any activities which affect the premises.
In a workplace, an employer must comply with fire safety law. Employees also have a duty to ensure premises are fire safe, as do contractors or other people at work.
In other premises, including for example places of worship or the communal parts of an apartment building, the building owner, any managing agent and all occupiers have legal duties – in relation to activities which may impact on fire safety in the building.
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What do I have to do?
If you are the responsible person for the premises you must carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment - this will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe.
You must keep written records if you employ 5 or more people.
More information on Fire Risk Assessments
Who can help me?
If you are the Responsible Person you may choose to complete your own Fire Risk Assessment.
To comply with the law, any person appointed to undertake fire safety measures must be regarded as competent. This means that they must have sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable them to complete a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment.
Can the Fire and Rescue Service help?
The Fire and Rescue Service cannot complete your fire risk assessment. It is your legal responsibility.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service does however have a duty to promote fire safety and to provide advice on request.
If you feel like you would benefit from fire safety advice this can be arranged through our Contact Centre on 0800 555 815.
What if I don’t comply?
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) can give you support and advice on how to improve your fire safety.
GMFRS also has a duty to enforce fire safety law. Where we are of the opinion that fire safety falls below the required standard, we may take enforcement action up to and including prosecution to ensure people are safe.Find out more: