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Important fire safety advice for retail business owners

Important fire safety advice for retail business owners

As a retail business owner, you have a responsibility to the public and your staff to reduce the risk of fire hazards, and to implement a clear fire evacuation strategy should a fire break out. As the owner of the premises, you must carry out fire risk assessments of your premises to ensure any hazards are identified and reduced as risks. You can also nominate a responsible person to undertake this task, providing they have a good understanding of what conditions could lead to a fire, what materials pose a fire risk, and the consequences should a fire break out. This…

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The importance of a fire risk assessment

An assessment for fire risk is a mandatory undertaking that has to be carried out in all places of work, commercial premises, and anywhere the general public have access to. The ‘responsible person’ is legally liable for fire safety, and if you are the owner or landlord, or in some cases the occupier, then this will be your responsibility. The penalties for non-enforcement are very serious, and you could face a fine or be imprisoned if you do not conform. The assessment itself is a very detailed process, and the ‘responsible person’ has to carry it out in the first instance,…

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The Consequences of Improper Office Fire Safety

Fire safety and fire protocol awareness are essential in any work environment to ensure the lives of all personnel are kept out of danger in the event of a fire. As fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for all offices and businesses, this article will serve to explain what the procedure entails and how it can be completed successfully. In England and Wales, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is the legal obligation of the employer or building owner of any business to ensure a full and detailed fire risk assessment is conducted and kept up-to-date. This…

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