How to avoid fines due to breaching fire regulations - Waldon Security

How to avoid fines (or much worse) due to breaching fire regulations

This month it has been reported  that the owner of a B&B in Looe has been ordered to pay a total of £8,567 in fines and costs after the premises failed to meet fire safety regulations.  

Cornwall Fire & Rescue inspection officers noted that

The fines are so high of course because lives are at risk if fire safety measures are not implemented properly.

To help small businesses meet fire regulations, here’s our simple checklist and links to helpful resources to help you make sure your business meets fire regulations. Don’t put it off — take a look and act on it now!

What are you required to do to obey the law?

If you own, manage or operate any business, you need to comply with fire safety law. The main law is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or “the Fire Safety Order”. This applies to nearly all buildings, places and structures that aren’t individual, private homes.

Under the Fire Safety Order your main responsibilities are:

  1. To ensure your premises reach the required standards.
  2. To ensure employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.

Additionally, your Fire Risk Assessment must be recorded if you have:

You can get guides and advice to Fire Risk Assessments on Cornwall Council’s fire risk assessment page https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire-and-rescue-service/business-fire-safety/fire-risk-assessment/

Key things to check:

Electrical items

Checking for hot plug sockets, frayed or repaired leads, leads running under rugs or carpets and water near electrical items are all things to look out for. Click here for full guidance on electrical safety [https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire-and-rescue-service/keeping-safe/fire-safety/fire-safety-at-home/electrical-fire-safety/]

Fire escape emergency plan

You should have a clear plan which shows that you have the following things in place:

Click here for further guidance on your emergency plan: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire-and-rescue-service/business-fire-safety/business-fire-safety-advice/emergency-plan/

Access for emergency fire vehicles

Click here for a guide: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire-and-rescue-service/business-fire-safety/business-fire-safety-advice/fire-service-access-requirements/

Fire Safety Logbook

Click here to download a template that you can adapt for your business: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/q22jflm1/2017-firelogbookpdf.pdf

Fire Safety Inspections

The Fire and Rescue Inspection service can visit your premises at any time to make sure you are following the rules, but they generally make appointments. Unannounced visits tend to happen if the F&R service believes they will have a better chance of determining whether the law is being complied with if they don’t tell you they are coming…. So for most businesses, unexpected visits are pretty rare.

The Fire & Rescue Service also have a legal duty and indeed are very happy to give helpful advice.

You can contact them to get help and advice about fire safety and you can contact them on 0800 3581 999 or email fire@cornwall.gov.uk.

It’s also worth noting that the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service do recommend that the ‘Responsible Person’ uses a professional fire safety business to help deliver their business’s requirements when appropriate.

Our team are always happy to help as we not only support with fire safety alarm systems but fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers. You can contact us at security@waldons.co.uk or call 01726 65636


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