Fire Safety Law
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From the 1st October 2006 significant changes to fire safety legislation where made with the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
This is designed to achieve three main objectives:
To consolidate the existing fire safety legislation into one set of Regulations, thereby reducing burdens on business and overlap of enforcing authorities;
To align fire safety legislation with health and safety law, reducing prescriptive requirements;
To put the onus for fire safety of people in premises on the 'responsible person' (owner / occupier / employer / landlord) as a result of the significant findings of the fire risk assessment which the 'responsible person' has a duty to carry out.
In essence the new Order requires that all premises or sites to which employees or members of the public have access will have been the subject of a fire risk assessment carried out by a nominated 'responsible person' resulting in control measures being introduced to:-
Reduce the risk of fire occurring;
Protect employees and other persons lawfully on the premises;
Protect property and adjacent premises;
Protect the environment.
Cornwall County Fire Brigade
Any general enquiries should be directed to: 01305 252040
Furniture and Furnishing Safety
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989 and 1993) set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.
Product ranges covered
It includes any upholstered furniture which is intended for private use in a dwelling, including children's furniture. It also includes,
- beds, head-boards of beds, mattresses (of any size)
- sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles
- nursery furniture
- garden furniture which is suitable for use in a dwelling
- furniture in new caravans scatter cushions and seat pads pillows
- loose and stretch covers for furniture
The Regulations do not apply to:
- sleeping bags
- bed-clothes (including duvets)
- loose covers for mattresses
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations are enforced by the Local Trading Standards Department.