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Addressing fire risk in the modern world

In recent times fire and fire risk assessments have been brought to the forefront of our attention after the Worcester park, Notre dame and the plight of the Amazon rainforest fires recently. All devastating displays of the horrific impact fire can have on life and the surrounding environment.

Each year people die or are seriously injured as a result of fires at work or on commercial property. Besides loss of life, fire costs UK businesses millions of pounds due to damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and increased insurance premiums.

The UK Fire Service attended 182,825 fires from April 2018 to March 2019. This was a nine per cent increase compared with the previous year (167,330), a seven per cent increase compared with five years ago (171,349) but a 27 per cent decrease compared with ten years ago (249,237). The increase this year compared with last year can be attributed to the greatest number of secondary fires in any quarter since 2011/12 Q1 – Apr to Jun.

In 2018- 2019 there were 253 fatalities related to fire or fire-related conditions in the UK.

In the UK most fires can be linked to poor fire management, construction activities, poor building conditions, faulty equipment or bad cooking practices.

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) is overarching legislation that determines specific legal duties on property owners, occupiers or employers to undertake every reasonably practical precaution to minimise the risk of fire in the workplace. The reform replaces former fire safety legislation (Regulatory Reform Act 2001) with one unified order.  It was established to show the government’s commitment to regulate where necessary in order to ensure compliance within the needs of the modern business.

The regulations place a clear duty on the responsible person, to ensure that the following is implemented and undertaken:

  • A Fire Risk Assessment is completed to identify the likelihood of a fire occurring and what affect it will have on interested parties, property and the environment.
  • Ensure suitable control measures and precautions are undertaken to minimise the risk of a fire starting.
  • Provide suitable training and awareness throughout the business on fire prevention and controls.
  • To provide suitable equipment, policies and procedures to warn or act in the event of an emergency situation.

There have been some high-level prosecutions in the last 10 years with large fines and in some cases imprisonment for breaches of the Fire Safety Order, these include:

  • Several Hotels including large well-known brands
  • A Manchester Hospital
  • Several Care Homes
  • Various Large Supermarket Retail Chains

Ensafe can help you by providing the following services to your organisation:

  • Fire Risk Assessments & Procedures
  • Fire Warden Training
  • Fire Awareness & Safety Training
  • DSEAR Assessments

For more information on our Fire Safety Services & Training Courses, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01604 878 190 or alternatively send us an enquiry and we’ll be sure to get back to you.

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