MMV provide competitive pricing on both the installation of new or maintenance of existing fire detection and firefighting equipment. Many of the systems provided will be a mandatory requirement for most businesses and landlords. The responsibility of such systems is usually now with a nominated individual within the business.
You need to ensure you comply to avoid the threat of prosecution or loss of insurance claim. MMV can assist with your compliance by offering the following:
We can survey and report on your building or business needs, providing recommendations and remedies to keep you compliant. You should keep your fire risk assessment reviews up to date, along with your fire action plan.ation around fire detection can be daunting, we can help.
Disabled Refuge Systems
We can supply and install C-TEC’s cost-effective and easy-to-install SigTEL system which is designed to meet the demand for BS 5839 Part 9 compliant disabled refuge, fire telephone and stadium marshalling systems..
Business and landlords will require the correct fire extinguishers in the right number. Once installed they should be regularly maintained, and you must have the evidence to prove this. The correct extinguisher signage is required and we can arrange training for your staff in the correct use of the extinguishers.
We can provide a range of fire alarms suited to your requirement, from basic manual systems through to integrated addressable systems. Regular testing, servicing, maintenance together with onsite records is essential. The legislation around fire detection can be daunting, we can help.
A business needs the correct emergency signage in place. In the event of evacuation, could you, your staff or visitors find their way out? We provide a sign survey and supply the correct signage to keep you compliant.
Fire Safety In The Workplace
What is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? The Government is committed to regulating only where necessary and in a way that is more suited to the needs of modern business. That is why the order was made, under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001. It replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order. It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.
Where does the order apply?
The order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space. For example, it applies to:
- offices and shops;
- premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals;
- community halls, places of worship and other community premises;
- the shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may also apply);
- pubs, clubs and restaurants;
- schools and sports centres;
- tents and marquees;
- hotels and hostels; and
- factories and warehouses.
It does not apply to:
- people’s private homes, including individual flats in a block or house.
What are the main rules under the order?
- 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 possible 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.
Who is responsible for meeting the order?
Under the order, anyone who has control of premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems may be a ‘responsible person’. For example, it could be:
- the employer for those parts of premises staff may go to;
- the managing agent or owner for shared parts of premises or shared fire safety equipment such as fire-warning systems or sprinklers;
- the occupier, such as self-employed people or voluntary organisations if they have any control;
- any other person who has some control over a part of the premises.
Although in many premises the responsible person will be obvious, there may be times when a number of people have some responsibility
How do I meet the order?
If you are the responsible person, you must make sure you carry out a fire-risk assessment although you can pass this task to some other competent person. However, you will still be responsible, in law, for meeting the order.
The responsible person, either on their own or with any other responsible person, must as far as is reasonably practical make sure that everyone on the premises, or nearby, can escape safely if there is a fire.
This is different from previous legislation in that you must consider everyone who might be on your premises, whether they are employees, visitors or members of the public, for example, at an open-air entertainment venue. You should pay particular attention to people who may have a disability or anyone who may need special help.
The order says that you must manage any fire-risk in your premises. Fire authorities no longer issue fire certificates and those previously in force will have no legal status.
You must still carry out a fire-risk assessment but any fire certificates you have may be useful as a good starting point.
If your premises have been designed and built in line with modern building regulations (and are being used in line with those regulations), your structural fire precautions should be acceptable. You will still need to carry out a fire-risk assessment and make sure that you keep up all fire precautions and maintenance routines.
To download a copy of A Short Guide To Making Your Premises Safe From Fire click here
To download a copy of Fire Safety Part B Volume 2 -Buildings other than Dwelling houses click here
And for all our construction-based clients, click here to download a copy of Fire Safety In Construction
Fire alarms in the home
Many fires in the home are preventable just using basic and common-sense precautions.
Did you know…?
- You’re four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works.
- Around half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents.
- Two fires a day are started by candles.
- Every six days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette.
- About two fires a day are started by heaters.
- Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause around 6,000 fires in the home across the country every year.
The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms.
- Get them.
- Install them.
- Test them.
- They could save your life.
Click below for links to useful publications you can download from our website
- Make Your Home Safe
- Fire Safety in Rented Accommodation
- Fire Safety Outdoors
- Fire Safety for Parents and Carers
- Frances the Firefly for Children
- Fire Safety on Boats
- Fire Safety for Students
- Making Your Premise Safe from Fire
- Fire Safety When Celebrating
- Fire Safety Tips for Christmas
- Fire Safety in the Winter