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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order came into effect in October 2006 and affects all non-domestic properties in England and Wales.
The Fire Safety Order means that a fire risk assessment must be carried out on your premises by a competent person to ensure that suitable fire precautions, maintenance and management measures are in place to ensure the safety of anyone who uses your premises. Premises may be subject to inspection from the Fire and Rescue Service who may prosecute in cases of non-compliance.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order :
Place emphasis on preventing fires and reducing risk including
conducting fire risk assessments and providing relevant training.
Eliminate the need for fire certificates.
Make it your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who uses your premises.
Persons and premises affected by the Regulatory (Fire Safety) Order include:
Persons responsible for business premises
Self-employed persons with business premises
Charities and voluntary organisations.
Here’s a basic guide Fire Risk Assessment Check List
Here at H. Roberts & Son we adopted SP101/ST104 Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers and Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians Scheme. All our Service Technicians are BAFE registered and are audited on a regular basis to maintain the high standards required. BAFE is the independent third party registration body for the fire protection industry. For more than 25 years they have been developing schemes for UKAS accredited certification bodies to assess and approve companies to recognised standards.
Companies, and in the case of the portable fire extinguisher maintenance scheme SP101/ST104, their technicians, who meet these standards can then display the prestigious BAFE logo as a registered company – a marque of approval that tells you that they are competent and regularly assessed.
For further information go to www.bafe.org.uk
At a time when we are hearing more and more politically correct ‘world gone mad’ statements, we are extremely concerned about recommendations being made that people should not attempt to use fire extinguishers, or should ignore fire extinguishers or should remove fire extinguishers.
Portable fire extinguishers are intended to prevent small fires from developing into larger fires and it is reported that fire extinguishers, annually, save over £5 million in terms of fire resources and save the UK economy over £500 million. Also, it is estimated that 1,629 injuries and the loss of 24 lives are prevented annually.
A comprehensive survey in 2003 established that:
in 80% of cases of fire, portable equipment successfully extinguished the fires and in 75% of those cases, the Fire Brigade was not required to attend.
A recent survey established that:
in 88% of incidents, portable fire extinguishers successfully extinguished the fires and in 75% of those incidents, the Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) were not called.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which came into force in October 2006, requires premises to be equipped with adequate fire fighting appliances which must be provided and maintained “in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair” in order to comply with the above regulation and to satisfy the requirements of the Health & Safety Executive
Portable fire extinguishers are a common sense, economic solution to prevent small fires developing to a size which threatens life, property and business continuity.
Extracted from the Fire Industries Association Newsletter
You will really only find the true cost of buying from a non proven source such as the internet or catalogue when the equipment is needed in a real fire situation. Are you certain it will operate when needed? Just like the brakes on your car when something happens in front of you and you need to stop FAST.
The first thing you see when browsing the internet is, often the same or similar products to those available through your service provider. These products can often be substituted by the selling company, how will you know?
Fire Authorities will investigate fires and will prosecute for breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, proof of competency for the organisation supplying and maintaining your fire fighting equipment will need to be shown as part of the investigation.
Insurance companies investigate all claims and will certainly want to see proof of competency for the organisation supplying and maintaining your fire fighting equipment, if you cannot prove that you have complied with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which requires you to ensure the competence of service and product providers and have at least met the recognised standard codes of practice for provision of fire fighting equipment you may have a difficulty in getting a full insurance payment, what will that mean to you and your business?
Should you have a small fire and attempt to put it out using a portable fire extinguisher which fails to operate, who will you make a claim against for the failure?
Purchasing from a proven source, Third Party accredited and BAFE approved, with appropriate liability & efficacy insurances, employing trained and qualified personnel with appropriate competency, ongoing training and audited for quality of service delivery is the only way to ensure you will be purchasing a quality product, delivered commissioned and installed by a competent Technician. This ensures compliance for provision of portable fire fighting equipment under the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Having purchased new extinguishers you may have old extinguishers to be removed from site, they will need to be disposed of safely and legally, unless the organisation taking them away are registered waste carriers and use a registered waste disposal contractor to ensure they are disposed of in accordance with regulations you will both be in breach of the law and liable to prosecution under the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 or The Groundwater Regulations 1998.
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Dear friends & clients we are proud to announce we are now members of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Liverpool (www.liverpoolchamber.co.uk) We look forward to benefiting from their resources & support for many years to come.
- They are the voice of Liverpool’s business community locally, nationally and around the world.
- They are part of a wider network of North West Chambers as well as an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
- They are a membership organisation with 1700 business members whose interests they are here to represent.
- They are committed to helping members promote and grow their business, mitigate their risk and reduce their costs.
- They offer networking opportunities, information and expertise, a representative and influential voice to key decision-makers and an international trade and export documentation service to members.
- They also offer a free recruitment service to members for apprentices and other bespoke training.
- They operate as a Community Interest Company and are fully owned by, and accountable to, their members
According to the Hull Daily Mail, firefighters were called to the Space Projects Ltd site off Carlton Street at around 3.45pm where they discovered huge flames and plumes of thick smoke.
They battled the fire for around an hour before bringing it under control. The site remained cordoned off while the area was dampened down. There are no reports of any injuries.
Humberside Fire and Rescue spokesman Rick Phillips said: “The fire was started by a spark from a grinder being used by a worker.
“There was no one on the buildings at the time but we had to lead some workers in the yard to safety.”
The Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison if the assessment is found to have been carried out to an insufficient extent.
A hotel company has had to pay £50,000 in fines and costs after breaching fire safety legislation.
Chescombe Ltd – owner of Tantons Hotel in Bideford – was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs at Exeter Crown Court on 20 September 2012. The company had previously pleaded guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The prosecution followed a fire at the hotel in May 2011 in which 55 people were evacuated, including four people who were trapped on the roof of the building and had to be rescued.
The company pleaded guilty to five offences: failing to implement the requirements of the fire risk assessment; failing to provide adequate fire detection and alarm equipment; inadequate fire resisting doors; a failure to ensure escape routes were kept clear; and failing to maintain a final exit door and self-closing fire doors.
Station manager Graham Rooke of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said:
“The Judge gave a clear indication that a strong message needed to go out to those that manage and invest in hotels about the importance of fire safety.
“It is my firm belief that the actions of the on-scene emergency services and a member of the hotel staff undoubtedly saved lives that would have been lost.”
Wire free fire detection chosen for Banwell Castle
29 June 2011
An 18th century castle in Somerset has been fitted with a wireless fire detection system by Detectomat.
Banwell Castle fitted with Detectomat system
Banwell Castle, which is run as a bed and breakfast, was fitted with the Detectomat SRC 3000.
The alarm has been designed to be heard through dense materials, including thick castle walls.
The building’s owners, the Parsons family, also specified a wireless system to maintain the aesthetics of the Gothic building.
Selected by Argus Fire Protection, the system includes optical smoke detectors with integral sounders, break-glass call points and heat detectors.
A spokesman from Detectomat said: “The stone walls are so thick that there is no chance of a mobile phone signal and they knew that they had to be able to hear any alarm through the thick walls – the Detectomat alarm can be heard all over the building. Furthermore, they were determined to avoid unsightly wiring which would mar the beautiful stone interiors.”
A fire at the castle in 1905 took firefighters two days to extinguish.