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Fire Safety Law - Businesses & Public Places

As a business owner or manager, ensuring the safety of everyone on your premises should be a top priority. One of the key areas to focus on is fire safety.

Who Needs to Prioritise Fire Safety?

If you own or manage any of the following places, you need to have fire safety measures in place:

  • Offices

  • Shops

  • Restaurants

  • Libraries

  • Places of worship

  • Leisure centres

  • Workshops and garages

  • Museums

  • Residential care facilities

  • Hotels

Even if your establishment is open to the public, like a library or a religious building, fire safety is crucial.

Who's in Charge of Fire Safety?

The "responsible person" for fire safety can be:

  • An employer

  • The property owner

  • An occupier

  • Anyone in control of the premises, such as a facilities or building manager, managing agent, or risk assessor

What About Shared Spaces?

In buildings with shared spaces, there might be multiple responsible persons. It's essential to coordinate fire safety plans to ensure everyone's safety. For shared or common areas, the landlord, freeholder, or managing agent typically takes on the responsibility.

Planning Renovations or New Constructions?

If you're thinking of building a new structure or renovating an existing one, remember to adhere to building regulations. This means integrating fire safety measures into your design and construction plans.

Fire safety is not just a legal obligation but a moral one. As a business owner or manager, it's your duty to ensure that everyone who visits or works in your premises is safe from potential fire hazards.

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