Fire Safety

On 1st October 2006, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, hereinafter referred to as the Fire Safety Order, replaced most previous fire safety legislation. It means that any person who has some level of control in a business premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risks associated with fires, and provide suitable fire escapes.

Aston Lark works with a nationally renowned contractor to provide the following services:

  • Fire alarm and detection systems – regular testing and inspection by a competent person, ensuring that your existing fire detection system remains fully functional in the event of a fire.
  • Emergency/escape lighting – regular servicing of emergency lighting under BS5266 ‘Code of Practice for Emergency Lighting’ to ensure that they are in good working order in the event of a fire or power failure.
  • Fire fighting equipment – fire extinguishers are an essential piece of fire fighting equipment and must be provided and maintained by a ‘responsible person’. BAFE qualified engineers will test, inspect and supply all fire extinguisher types in compliance with BS5306.
  • Lightning protection – to ensure that a lightning protection system will operate effectively when required, periodic inspections are recommended every 11 or 13 months. Services include initial survey and installation through to testing, inspection and maintenance.
  • Electrical installation – fixed wire testing (EICR) and remedial work. All premises require periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations to assess their compliance with the requirements of the IET Wiring Regulations BS7671.
  • Portable appliance testing – PAT testing encompasses the testing and inspection of portable electrical equipment.
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Fire training

There is a legal requirement to provide appropriate fire safety information, instruction and training to your employees under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

We can assist with:

  • Fire awareness training – tailored to meet your particular needs, but covering topics such as: fire safety legislation, fire prevention, fire action procedures, theory and use of portable fire extinguishers, evacuation drills and compartmentation.
  • Fire wardens/marshals training – this course has been designed specifically for those personnel that have a designated role as a fire warden or marshal. The course will cover the topics included in the Fire Awareness Course, but will also provide employees with a greater awareness of the threat posed by fire and the actions to be taken in the event of a fire.
  • Fire fighting equipment training – practical use of portable fire fighting equipment.

The Regulatory Reform [Fire Safety] Order 2005

The Fire Safety Order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space. It does not apply to people’s private homes, including individual flats in a block or house.

Under the Fire Safety Order, you must:

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment identifying any possible dangers and risks;
  • Consider who may be especially at risk;
  • Get rid of or reduce the risk from fire as far as is reasonably possible and provide general fire precautions to deal with any risk left;
  • Take other measures to make sure there is protection if flammable or explosive materials are used or stored;
  • Create a plan to deal with any emergency and, in most cases, keep a record of your findings; and
  • Review your findings when necessary.
Fire Risk Assessments 

Under the Fire Safety Order, the responsible person must ensure that a fire risk assessment is carried out. Fire authorities no longer issue fire certificates and those previously in force will have no legal status.

Assessments should examine and detail:

Property age, condition & compartmentation 

  • Fire hazards/risk and fire prevention
  • Fire-fighting equipment
  • Method of evacuation
  • Fire safety training and drills

Occupation of the premises and persons at risk

  • Fire alarm/detection systems
  • Means of emergency/escape lighting
  • Fire safety signage
  • Deficiencies in the existing fire management