LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRE SAFETY
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the legal document that specifies the minimum requirement for fire safety that employers must adhere to.
Lancashire Fire Protection can advise you of how to meet your legal obligations. Click each line below for more information.
You must have a documented fire risk assessment if you have 5 or more employees. If you have less than 5 employees, you need not document the risk assessment, but you must still be able to show that you have carried out a fire risk assessment. The easiest way to demonstrate this is to document it.
You need to ensure that you have adequate means of detecting a fire. i.e a fire alarm.
If emergency lighting is required, it must be tested annually by a competent person.
You must have procedures in place to document what to do in an emergency.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 can be viewed for free here: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
It's highly likely that your insurance company will not pay out in the event of a fire if your fire protection measures are inadequate or if the equipment has not been maintained.