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Business safety proposals for fire and rescue

We want to do more to work with businesses to ensure they have effective fire safety management to protect their premises and the people who work in them.

Our business safety team offers advice to business owners and managers about fire safety, arson prevention, the benefits of sprinklers and aims to reduce the number of false alarms.

There are approximately 85,000 business premises in Surrey, covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), and we have a duty to enforce this legislation.

We know that effective fire safety management makes buildings and people safer. We want to do even more of this work throughout Surrey.

From April 2020 we will:

  • Do more to target high-risk business premises to ensure they are complying with the legislation and enforce this where necessary
  • Increase our education work to improve understanding of the legal requirements of businesses in relation to fire safety management and how to apply this in practice
  • Work more closely with our partners across the county to help to prevent emergencies from happening.

Our business safety work also protects the safety of our firefighters, should they need to respond to an emergency in that building, by understanding the specific risks before an emergency happens.