The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was introduced to impose a duty on building owners and occupiers t promote fire safety and ensure that a responsible person appointed to;
- carry out or nominate someone to carry out a fire risk assessment identifying the risks and hazards, this may be an external consultancy service
- consider who may be especially at risk and take appropriate action here feasible
- eliminate or reduce the risk from fire as far as is reasonably practical and provide general fire precautions to deal with any residual risk
- take additional measures to ensure fire safety where flammable or explosive materials are used or stored
- create a plan to deal with any emergency and document findings, maintain these records in good order and review them periodically.
This applies to nearly all buildings in the United Kingdom, with the specific exclusion of private dwelling homes occupied by a single family group.