By Allan Grice
Fireplace security rules have passed through their most vital switch for over thirty years and vendors of businesses, employers, developers and landlords in united kingdom face a seismic shift in liabilities and strength consequences. The accountability for the security of occupants and premises now lies with vendors and employers. This important new publication attracts on over thirty years hearth combating, rescue and defense enforcement adventure to supply a jargon-free functional advisor to present liabilities and compliance.
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28 F I R E R I S K – F I R E S A F E T Y L A W A N D I T S P R A C T I C A L A P P L I C AT I O N The Order is there to ensure life protection, not property protection per se, although measures to protect life such as fire doors and compartmentation can increase the protection of the property. The practical application of the duties imposed by Articles 8 to 22 will be covered in Chapter 4. Article 9: Fire Risk Assessment Lying at the heart of this Order is the carrying out of a ‘suitable and sufficient’ Fire Risk Assessment (FRA).
Accordingly, a certificate would have been issued once the authorities were satisfied that the fire safety provisions that it had prescribed had been implemented, and it was the on-site inspection and auditing regime of the fire authority which ensured that adherence to the fire safety legislation was being achieved. Had these laws existed in respect of these fire tragedy premises and had the fire authority’s prescribed requirements been implemented and maintained, then it is very probable that those fire deaths would not have occurred.
To assist, therefore, in this overall process of achieving reasonable and practicable levels of fire safety, the first step is to give some clarification as to what the terms and expressions used in the Order are likely to mean. These clarifications are based upon a lengthy involvement with studying fire safety legislative drafting, and with the practical application of the fire law to achieve reasonably practicable fire safety solutions to a wide range of occupancies and categories of business premises.