Which law covers fire safety?
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The law covering fire safety in England and Wales is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
It replaced most fire safety law that went before it.
The law says that the person responsible for fire safety in a building must take ‘reasonable’ steps to:
- reduce the risk from fire
- make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire
The Order gives fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) the power to:
- inspect buildings
- make the person responsible for fire safety in your building carry out a fire risk assessment or safety improvements (through an enforcement notice)
- make the person responsible for fire safety tell the FRA about any changes to the building that may raise the risk of fire (through an alterations notice)
- force buildings (or parts of buildings) to close (through a prohibition notice)
More information you might find useful:
- Who is responsible for carrying out a fire risk assessment?
- Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?
- Who pays for a fire risk assessment?
- Who enforces fire safety law?
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
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