Businesses that provide residential services are required to comply with specific fire safety duties, which may include notifications to or consultation with their local fire authority.
The involvement of the fire authority will depend on what role the law sets out for them and also the nature of the business carried out.
The consequences of not complying with fire safety requirements can be severe. Apart from the potential for loss of life, injury or damage to property, it may also lead to enforcement action being taken. The penalties are set out in legislation and will range from a fine to a custodial sentence and may, in extreme circumstances include both.
If you are unsure about your responsibilities, have a query or need any advice about fire safety, please contact Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.
Building Regulation and Fire Safety Detailed guidance is available from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). This guidance includes information for providers of residential facilities including children's homes, elderly and disabled persons homes and 'houses in multiple occupation'.
Care Quality CommissionThe Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They regulate health and adult social care services, whether provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations.
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