Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) aims to contribute to securing a safe society by reducing the incidence of
death, injury and damage to property from fire and other emergencies.
Commercial Fire Safety
Each year people die or are seriously injured as a result of fires in commercial premises. Besides loss of life, fire
costs UK businesses millions of pounds, from property damage, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and
Many fires can be avoided by taking general fire precautions. If a fire does break out, the effects can be minimised
by having effective controls and procedures in place.
In England and Wales rules introduced in October 2006 replaced most existing fire safety legislation. Fire certificates
are no longer required and the emphasis is on preventing fires and reducing risks.
Anyone who has some control over the premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure
people can escape safely if there is a fire. The regulations apply to virtually all non-domestic premises.
The information in this section will help those responsible for fire safety to understand their responsibilities
and reduce the impact of fires in commercial premises.
Royal Berkshire Fire Authority is committed to improve public and business safety and reduce risk through targeted
education and enforcement of fire safety legislation.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Protection Department
enforces fire safety legislation in
non-domestic properties across Berkshire on behalf of the Fire Authority.
Our protection activities are aimed at making Berkshire a safer community to live, work and visit. We cover the
following areas within Berkshire: