The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space except for private homes and individual flats in a block or house, although communal areas will be affected.

The responsibility for fire safety lies with employers, self-employed people with premises, voluntary organisations, those responsible for buildings with public access and any contractor who exercises a degree of control over any premises.

These responsible persons will have a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who uses their premises and those in the immediate vicinity who may be at risk if there is a fire.

Principally safety is achieved through as suitable and sufficient fire based risk assessment and by the implementation of adequate fire safety arrangements.

An "entry-level" leaflet explaining what needs to be done to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is available. It's called A short guide to making your premises safe from fire and you can download a PDF of it HERE

As well as this entry-level guide, 13 more detailed guidance leaflets are available below to help people preparing fire risk assessments.

The guidance documents are available to download free of charge above and also here.

If more complex guidance is required, the responsible person must engage the services of competent fire safety assistance.

Fire Safety matters that concern domestic areas not covered by the Fire Safety Order are dealt with by Community Safety - Prevention.