Fire costs UK businesses millions of pounds each year in property damage, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and insurance premiums. More importantly, people can die or be seriously injured as a result of fires in commercial premises. Over the past 10 years there have been 13 fatalities in retail, vehicle trade and industrial premises alone according to national statistics.
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. 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.
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