Obligations and Requirements


There is a great deal of talk when it comes to the law and fire safety. If you are running a business, looking after people at a venue, hostel, hotel or educational establishment even if you are running a scout troop there are things that you absolutely must do to comply with legislation.

You may be one of those people who is busy trying to make it and just doesn't have the time to get involved with all that law! Well the bad news is you have very little option but the good news is for most people it's not that complicated and with a bit of guidance you should be able to manage this yourself.

Essentially you are obliged to make arrangements to protect the people in and around your premises.

  • You have to carry out a fire risk assessment and keep the significant findings of that assessment available so that the fire service can inspect it on request.
  • Your staff must be given information and training to ensure that they know what to do in case of fire.
  • You will need to make arrangements so that in case of fire people are alerted.
  • You must also make arrangements to provide suitable means of escape for all the people in the building.
  • Where you share accommodation with others you must share with them any specific fire risks that might impact on them or their business.

If you own or have control over the activities in your building you will be recognised as the "Responsible Person" [note Scottish and Northern Irish law is slightly different]. That means you are accountable but doesn't mean you have to do everything yourself. The people you are accountable for are the "Relevant Persons" and that is anyone who is legitimately on or near your premises.

It all sounds pretty complex and to some degree it can look a little daunting but if you need some guidance.

We can help.