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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005 (RRO)


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005 (RRO) came into effect from 1st October 2006 and is enforced by Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.  It replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order. It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

The order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building.  One section in particular covers sleeping accommodation and covers the common areas of houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s) and also blocks of flats

The main rules of the order are that a fire risk assessment must be conducted to identify any possible dangers and risks and this must be conducted by a competent person. The person responsible for meeting the order would be anyone who has control of the premises.

It is an offence if you don’t comply with the order.

Further information can be obtained from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service by telephoning 08451 221155 or you can download the ‘Fire Safety Risk Assessment – sleeping accommodation (opens in a new window) '.

Please note that all domestic premises are still subject to the Housing Act, 2004 and will still be assessed under the  Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) on Fire Safety for the whole of the premises

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