The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. The RRO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). The law applies to you if you are:
Under the RRO, the responsible person must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment, ensure an emergency plan is in place, maintain up to date fire safety records, ensure staff training is carried out, implement fire evacuation drills and a fire management plan.
Guides on what needs to be done are available on the Local Government Website, by clicking on this link
You can be prosecuted for not following fire safety regulations. If you’re convicted you could get a fine or go to prison.
Minor penalties can be up to £5,000. Major penalties can have unlimited fines and up to 2 years in prison.
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