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UK Fire Alarm Regulations Guide

December 3rd, 2021

Last updated: June 10th, 2022

If you own or manage a business premises, then it is essential that you take all the necessary steps to ensure fire safety.

There are legal obligations that need to be fulfilled, and in this post, we’re creating a simple guide to UK fire alarm regulations.

It’s important to realise that multiple laws regulate fire safety. They are a part of “The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005”, which is also referred to as the ‘RRO’.

It is also recommended that all of your fire alarms and fire detection systems are monitored and maintained in line with British Standard, BS 5839.

Let’s try to simplify it as much as possible.

Do My Premises Need a Fire Alarm System?

The fire regulations set out what premises need with regards to a fire alarm system. The wording within the regulation says that you need “an appropriate fire detection system”.

Of course, a fire alarm fits the bill. For your own peace of mind, it is a good idea to have a reliable system to detect smoke and fire.

Any businesses where cooking takes place, or there are high-risk chemicals and other substances are stored within, will need a fire alarm system to comply with the law.

You can only decide not to have a fire alarm system if you have a small and simple building, where everyone could hear a shout of “fire” if you need to alert others.

A Fire Risk Assessment

Your Risk Assessment for fire needs to consider what might happen in the event of a fire. If you don’t already have one, it is strongly recommended that you carry out a risk assessment first.

This can inform whether you need a fire detection system or not. Robinsons Facilities Services can help you to create a fire assessment for your premises in line with regulations.

Fire Alarm Installation and Maintenance

UK fire alarm laws and regulations dictate that the system needs to be adequately monitored and maintained. BS 5839 have recommended that this means a minimum of once every six months.

Robinsons Facilities Services can install a state-of-the-art fire alarm and detection system, as well as create a risk assessment and schedule to ensure you are legally compliant. You can rest assured that our cost-effective planned maintenance contracts keep your business safe and secure.

If you need any repairs to your fire equipment, we can also supply the parts and perform the necessary repairs to bring your system up to speed. Working across Yorkshire, we cover North YorkshireWest YorkshireEast Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time to all breakdowns and repairs. Contact us today for all plannedreactive maintenance or emergency call out.Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.

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