Businesses must abide by fire safety legislation

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower earlier this year were a sobering reminder of the devastating consequences when a fire breaks out in a building.

While blazes on this scale are fortunately incredibly rare – the incident was the worst recorded in modern times – Grenfell demonstrates why it is crucial that steps are taken to identify possible risks.

At Hethertons Solicitors we are reminding local landlords and businesses of the importance of carrying out a fire risk assessment and keeping it up to date.

Firms have a legal duty to conduct regular reviews, ensuring they minimise the risk of an incident occurring.

This assessment identifies possible fire hazards, the people at risk, the steps required to reduce the risk and any training that is required. You must keep a written record of your assessment if your business employs five or more people.

All businesses, regardless of the sector they operate in, should ensure that their assessor is suitably qualified and experienced. Going for the cheapest quote can be a false economy.

For advice on any aspect of fire risk assessments and to ensure your firm is meeting its obligations please email Jo Yeates or Mark Dalton or call 01904 528200.

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