Commercial and residential accommodation
Commercial and residential accommodation should be separated by at least one hour fire protection or have a fire alarm within the commercial premise linked to the residential accommodation.
Reducing the Dangers
- fit an alarm to provide early warning of fire throughout the building
- keep escape routes clear from combustible material and other obstructions
- never wedge open fire doors or remove door closing devices (a fire door can only protect you if it is kept closed)
- protect/separate staircases with fire resisting construction to ensure your exit route is safe
What must I do?
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – makes you responsible for taking steps to protect the people using your premises from the risk of fire.
- Carry out a fire risk assessment
- If necessary, improve your fire safety measures
- Keep the risks, and your fire safety measures under review
Follow the 5 key steps:
- Identify fire hazards
- Identify people at risk
- Evaluate remove or reduce and protect from risk
- Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
- Review your fire risk assessment regularly