Responsibility to fire safety doesn’t just end once you have had a fire alarm fitted on your premises. If you are a Business Owner or Landlord in London or Hertfordshire, it is also your duty to make sure the fire alarm system is being maintained correctly.
The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (FSO) states that the ‘responsible person’ has the duty of maintaining the fire alarm on your premises. The FSO is the primary legislation for all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. Therefore failure to comply with the FSO is an offence punishable by hefty fines or imprisonment.
A non-domestic premise includes workplaces and commercial premises, public premises, and common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings.
Who is the Responsible Person?
You’re if the responsible person if the following applies:
- You’re the owner of a business
- An employer
- An occupier
- The Landlord of a premises
- You’re the Facilities Manager, Building Manager, Risk Assessor, or Managing Agent
You can have more than one responsible person on the premises and therefore those two people will have to work together.
What are the duties of the Responsible Person in my Company?
- Plan for a fire emergency
- Provide staff with information, training, and fire safety instructions
- Conduct a fire risk assessment and review it regularly
- Make staff and representatives aware of any risks which have been identified
- Ensure there are appropriate fire safety measures in place and then maintain them
How often should my fire alarm be tested?
We recommend that you test your fire alarm weekly and then keep record of the tests in a log book. Furthermore, British Standard 5839 recommends that your fire alarm is serviced every 6 months by a ‘competent person.’ If your premises is very large then quarterly might also be best.
Who is a competent person and do we need one?
A competent person is somebody who is fully trained and qualified to inspect your Fire Alarm. This is a service we can provide at Fulcher Edwards. As your chosen contractor we would be able to give you advice and provide relevant in-house training. We would also carry out a high level of fire alarm maintenance that your premises requires.
To discuss your fire alarm in London and Hertfordshire needs further, or for a free quotation, please contact us HERE.