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Fire Safety Advice

Abbott Fire Protection has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and fire safety resources and downloads in order to help your business remain compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.  



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What is the law surrounding fire safety? 


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on 1st October 2006 replacing numerous other pieces of fire safety legislation. The order applies to all non-domestic premises and places the responsibility for fire safety on the 'Responsible Person' this is generally the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises e.g. the occupier or the owner. In all other premises, the person or people in control of the premises will have that responsibility. If there is more than one 'Responsible Person' they must all take reasonable steps to work with each other.  


Where can I read the legislation surrounding the fire safety order? 


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is available on the government's legislation website.


What are the key points of the fire safety order? 


  • A simplified piece of legislation that applies to all non-domestic premises.

  • Puts the responsibility for fire safety on the employer or person in control of premises.

  • Made the local Fire Authority the single enforcing body (with some exceptions) for the fire safety order.

  • Bases fire safety on risk assessment, bringing it in line with other health and safety legislation.


The 'Responsible Person' concept. 


The 'Responsible Person' concept is hierarchical. It starts with the employer; if someone is employed on a premise the employer is responsible for compliance with the Fire Safety Order.  If no-one is employed, such as village halls, scout huts etc, it is the person in control of the premises.  Finally, if it is neither of those it is the owner of the premises.


The 'Relevant Persons' concept. 


Relevant persons are people who are lawfully on the premises or in the vicinity of the premises and may be affected by a fire. The Responsible Person must include all these people when completing the risk assessment.


What is the law surrounding fire extinguishers? 


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that all businesses must have portable fire extinguishers.


How often do my fire extinguishers need to be serviced/maintained? 


Fire extinguishers should be checked monthly by a member of staff, to ensure that they haven't sustained any damage, lost pressure or have been tampered with. They should also be inspected once every 12 months by a competent person in accordance with British Standards BS 5306. Fire extinguishers are also required to have an extended service every 5 years, with the exception of CO2 fire extinguishers which need to be replaced every 10 years.


How does monthly inspection of fire extinguishers benefit my business? 


It ensures that you remain compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and protected against any insurance stipulations. Fire extinguishers are mechanical items, the service is to make sure they will still work in the unfortunate event that they may be required.


What area does Abbott Fire Protection cover? 


We are based in Greater Manchester with most of our work being around Tameside, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Manchester City, Trafford, Salford, Bolton, and Wigan etc. Our location five minutes from the motorway allows us to service the whole of the North West and surrounding areas, such as North Wales, Chester, Liverpool, Blackpool, Preston, Lancaster, Leeds, Sheffield etc. 


What products does Abbott Fire Protection sell? 


We sell a wide range of brand new and refurbished fire extinguishers including Water, Foam, ABC Powder, specialist 'D Class' Powder, Wet Chemical, CO2 as well as Fire Blankets, signage and other fire protection equipment. For more information regarding our products, please contact us. We supply to both commercial and domestic premises.