Your fire safety duties in non-domestic properties

Do you know what your responsibilities are with regards to fire safety? If you are the owner, landlord or occupier of a non-domestic property, or if you have a property with paying guests such as a B&B or guesthouse, you need to make sure that you follow current safety legislation, if you don’t you could be breaking the law.


Risk assessment
Fire safety risk assessments need to be carried out and kept up to date. Based on the outcomes of the assessment, you need to make sure that you have the right measures in place to minimise the risk of a fire.


Maintaining your fire alarm system
You are legally responsible for fire safety and businesses and non-domestic properties must have a fire alarm system in place. The government recommends that all fire alarm and detection systems should be installed and maintained in accordance with the relevant British Standard BS 5839.


Maintenance of fire extinguishers
Regulations state that you should have a minimum of two ‘Class A’ extinguishers on every storey of the building.

Class A fire extinguishers meeting this regulation are:

  • 3 litre foam extinguishers
  • 6 litre foam extinguishers
  • 9 litre water extinguishers


Dry riser maintenance

Dry risers are an excellent resource and can help save lives but you could be prosecuted if they are not tested regularly in line with relevant standards. Testing should be carried out annually by skilled technicians and a visual check should be carried out every six months in line with BS9990.


Log book
A fire log book should be kept at your premises to record details of all fire alarm maintenance checks and repairs. The log book should contain lists of all fire equipment and their locations. A Fire Officer or Health & Safety Officer will review the log book if an inspection is carried out at your property.


How we can help
Campbell & Kennedy are accredited by BAFE – the independent register of quality fire safety service providers . We are also members of the Fire Industry Association and work with a variety of organisations to provide the following services:

  • Fire risk assessments
  • Fire alarm system design, installation and maintenance
  • Dry riser testing and maintenance
  • Fire extinguisher inspections
  • Fire detection system design

To find out more about how we can help call us on 0141 435 7774 or email us on





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