In 2013 there were more than 19,000 fires in UK workplaces, with 8 people losing their lives and a further 1100 injured. Some of these businesses did not survive the after effects of an incident.
If you have a suitably trained workforce you increase the chance of not becoming part of these statistics and increase the chances of your business continuity and may even attract a reduction in business insurance in doing so.
Fire Safety legislation is enforced across the Country by the local fire authorities and training of staff is now a legal requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
If you’re an owner, landlord or occupier of business or other non-domestic premises, you’ll be responsible for fire safety. You’re known as the ‘Responsible Person’.
The Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests, eg if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.