The Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 came into force on 1 October 2006, and relates to all premises, with very few exceptions. It places responsibility on those who are best placed to address fire safety and ensure that risks which necessarily change over time are kept under review.
Where the only way out of a room is through another room, an unnoticed fire in the outer room could trap people in the inner room. A workplace fire risk assessment identified the means of escape for this shop was inadequate. Enhanced detection and automatic fire suppression was provided as a compensatory measure.
Fire Safety Risk Assessment: Offices and Shops Government Guidance
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