Fire Protection

The Importance of a Fire System

Having an up-to-date fire system correctly installed and maintained helps save lives and allows occupants to evacuate the building safely and efficiently. It is a legal responsibility of the employer, owner, landlord or occupier of the business premises. 


Fire Safety Order

In England and Wales all non-domestic buildings must comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Fire Safety Order. 

Under the FSO, the Employer or Landlord have the following responsibilities:
  • They must complete a fire risk assessment.
  • They must provide adequate means of fire detection and firefighting.
  • They must ensure that emergency exits and routes are kept clear at all times and are clearly signed.
  • They must provide employees with relevant information and training on how to use the equipment and what do in the event of a fire.
  • They must maintain all equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and British Standards
The Responsible Person should also appoint someone to assist in undertaking these responsibilities. This can be a third-party company such as Scion Fire & Security. We can ensure that you are fulfilling all your obligations – making your organisation fully compliant and keeping your employees and customers safe.


The consequences for not adhering to these requirements are serious, including substantial fines and prison sentences. Do not take these responsibilities lightly. Scion Fire & Security is third-party quality-assured, fully accredited and highly experienced. Partnering with us demonstrates your full compliance with the law and your dedication to the safety of your employees and customers. 


Your Legal Responsibilities

If you are an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of business or non-domestic premises, you could be legally responsible for the fire safety of your employees, customers, and anybody else who could be affected by a fire at your premises.

A competent person must create a Fire Risk Assessment for the building(s) and surrounding areas. It is advisable to employ the services of qualified Fire Risk Assessors, such as those at Scion Fire & Security, to carry out this essential evaluation. Call our expert Assessors, so that you can rest assured that no fire safety risk is being overlooked.

The consequences of not using a qualified Assessor could be that the premises are unsafe, hazards are not removed, and fire risks are left unmanaged. Penalties and enforcements are imposed by the UK Government if businesses do not follow fire safety regulations.

Routine users’ inspections are easy and simple to carry out, understanding that everything is working correctly in the event of a fire with the correct documentation provided by Scion. With many decades of knowledge and experience we can support and provide you with all the checks that need to be carried out, giving you peace of mind. 

Fire safety in the workplace is a topic that should never be taken lightly. An effective fire safety plan can save lives, protect property, and ensure business continuity. Whether you work in a small office, a large factory, or any other type of workplace, it’s crucial to be prepared for fire emergencies. Understanding the risks and having solutions in place helps you create a safer environment for everyone.

Fire Risk Assessment

Begin by conducting a thorough fire risk assessment of your workplace. Identify potential hazards, escape routes and vulnerable areas. This assessment will serve as the foundation for your fire safety plan.

  • Install Smoke Alarms and Fire Detection Systems: Make sure your workplace is equipped with functioning smoke alarms and fire detection systems. Test these devices on a weekly basis and log these events, as they are the first line of defence in alerting occupants to a fire.
  • Emergency Evacuation Plan: Develop and communicate a clear emergency evacuation plan ensuring that all employees are familiar with escape routes, assembly points and the location of fire extinguishers and first-aid kits.
  • Fire Extinguishers and Firefighting Equipment: Place fire extinguishers and firefighting equipment in easily accessible locations throughout your workplace. Conduct regular inspections and maintenance to ensure they are in good working order.
  • Fire Safety Training: Provide fire safety training to all employees. Teach them how to use fire extinguishers, recognise alarm signals, and how to respond to fire emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • No Smoking Policies: Implement strict no smoking policies in indoor areas and designated outdoor smoking zones. Discourage smoking near flammable materials or in storage areas.
  • Electrical Safety: Regularly inspect and maintain all electrical equipment and wiring. Overloaded circuits and faulty wiring can lead to electrical fires. Encourage employees to report any electrical issues promptly.
  • Flammable Materials Storage: Store flammable materials in designated areas, away from heat sources and ignition points. Ensure these areas are well-ventilated and equipped with appropriate fire suppression systems.
  • Fire Drills and Mock Evacuations: Conduct regular fire drills and mock evacuations to ensure that employees know how to respond in a real emergency. Use these drills to identify weaknesses in your evacuation plan and address them promptly.
  • Emergency Contact Information: Maintain an updated list of emergency contact information for all employees, including their next of kin. This information can be invaluable in the event of a fire-related incident.
Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility in the workplace. By implementing these essential fire safety tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of fires and ensure a safer environment for your employees and visitors. Remember that being prepared and proactive is key to preventing and mitigating fire-related incidents. Regular training, equipment maintenance, and a clear evacuation plan are all essential components of a comprehensive fire safety strategy. Prioritising fire safety not only protects lives but also preserves your business and its assets. If you are unsure of your legal responsibility, please do call our support number where we would be happy to help and assist you.

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