The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places a legal requirement upon Responsible Persons to ensure all relevant people on or in the vicinity of their premises are safe from fire. These responsibilities and safety measures are designed to protect life regardless of Fire and Rescue intervention.
Under the Fire Safety Order 2005 a ‘responsible person’ must carry out, or appoint a competent person to carry out, a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to your employees and other ‘relevant persons’ from fire.
You are known as the “responsible person” for fire safety at a business or other non-domestic premises if you are:
If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities.
The Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests, for example if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.
Don’t lose your business to fire
As the responsible person you must:
You can read about how to make sure your premises are safe from fire here.
All business premises and every block of flats must have a Fire Risk Assessment by law. The Fire Safety Order includes premises with paying guests e.g. B&Bs, Guesthouses and self-catering properties.