Fire Safety Law

Under local Fire Safety Law you have a legal obligation to ensure your fire systems and equipment are adequately maintained.

The local laws in place are: England and Wales

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – which came into force in England and Wales in October 2006
  • The Fire Safety Regulations 2010

Northern Ireland

  • The Fire Precautions Act 1971 and The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 were due to remain in force in Northern Ireland until 2008 when they were due to be replaced by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. To date this Order is yet to be implemented.
  • The Fire and Rescue Services order 2006
  • The Fire Safety Regulations (N.I.) 2010


  • Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

These are legal requirements and you must comply with this legislation.

These laws generally require service and maintenance to be carried out by third party accredited companies.

Compliance with Fire Safety Law

The list below highlights the items you should undertake (as a minimum) to become compliant with Fire Safety Law.

It should be noted that it is not an exhaustive list and adhering to this list may not constitute complete compliance as each individual site must take into account their specific circumstances.

  • Does your site have a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment?
  • Has your building, the occupancy/hazard or the people within/visiting your building changed since your last Fire Risk Assessment?
  • Have you developed a plan to correct any deficiencies raised within your Fire Risk Assessment?
  • Are all your employees adequately trained in fire safety awareness?
  • Are your designated Fire Marshals appropriately trained?
  • Do  you  have  formal  service  and  maintenance  contracts  in  place  for  your  fire protection equipment?
  • Do you have dedicated people responsible for the upkeep of your fire protection equipment? Are they appropriately trained?
  • Are all of the above documented and available if you were subject to Fire Brigade audit?