Fire Safety Law
Fire safety legislation in the UK is enforced by the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The cost of fire damage now stands at a record level according to research published by the ABI. In the first half of 2009, insurers paid out £639 million - £3.6 million every day - for damage caused by fires. This is the highest half yearly figure ever, and follows on from last year's record high level of fire claim costs. Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, said:
"The challenging economic climate is having a significant impact on the fire danger. While the numbers of fires may have been falling, the increase in large-scale fires is increasingly putting lives at risk, and puts more pressure on businesses in these already difficult trading times."
This disturbing picture emerges from the ABI's analysis of fire trends ,‘A call for Action' highlights that:
The ABI identifies two key steps needed to tackle spiralling fire costs which, if unchecked, will increasingly put lives at risk, and damage the economy:
Inspections by the Fire Service are increasingly determined on a risk basis, but smaller businesses will not have extensive in-house safety management resources. It is essential that all businesses undertake the required risk assessments. There are guidance documents and training courses available which provide practical advice. Consultants can provide additional help.
The Arson Prevention Bureau considers that risk assessments in business should be supported by the Fire Service through effective inspection regimes and targeted Community Fire Safety work. This work in the community must include support for businesses in developing risk assessment resources so that the current level of fire protection in the UK is maintained and improved.