Fines for Breaching Fire Safety Regulations

The government has announced new building regulations, designed to improve building safety and deter building owners and managers from breaching safety legislation. As well as the new rules, £16 million has been allocated for fire safety and rescue authorities to assist with various procedures and practices.

The new regulations include unlimited fines for people found to be impersonating or obstructing a fire safety officer and those who are caught breaching regulations under the Fire Safety Order. Lord Greenhalgh, the Fire Safety Minister, said:

 “Everyone should be safe in the buildings where they live, stay or work. Our new measures will improve fire safety and help save lives, but will also take firm action against those who fail in their duty to keep people safe. Our incredible Fire and Rescue Services have played a crucial role in our response to the pandemic, from assisting at vaccination centres to driving ambulances. That is why we are giving them this cash boost, so they can continue their life-saving efforts.”

The £16 million cash boost will give fire and rescue authorities greater capacity with regards to ambulances, and assistance at COVID testing and vaccination centres. 

The measures will form part of the Building Safety Bill, and they have been devised as a result of the Fire Safety Consultation. A summary of the new measures:

  • The quality of fire risk assessments will be improved, as will the competence of those who complete them
  • Vital fire safety information will be preserved over the lifetime of buildings
  • Making it easier to identify those responsible for fire safety and improving coordination between them
  • Unlimited fines for anyone found to be impersonating or obstructing a fire safety officer
  • Failure to follow the Fire Safety Order may now be considered as evidence of a breach in court proceedings
  • Engagement between Building Control Bodies and Fire Authorities will be improved when reviewing building work plans
  • The installation of premises information boxes will be required in all new flats taller than 11m

Elite Fire have seen countless changes in legislation over the years, and we have consistently reviewed and improved our business to ensure we can help our customers meet their legal obligations and improve the fire safety of their premises. If you’d like to know more about the new rules and how we can help you, please contact us today.

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