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Fire, the Law and Your Business

Since the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 came into being, non-domestic premises are required to carry out a specific Risk Assessment for Fire. Most businesses have to record any significant findings from this assessment, and this document must be made available to your local Fire & Rescue Service when they visit you for an audit. Have you got yours?

The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service audit premises on a frequency determined by a relevant risk rating.  This rating is based on the type of occupancy, the nature of the business carried out, the history of incidents at the premises and the potential for harm.  For example, premises providing sleeping accommodation are deemed to present a higher risk to life, and  are subject to more frequent audits.

You may receive visits from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service for a number of reasons.  However, a visit to determine your compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act will usually be carried out by a uniformed fire safety enforcement officer and is called a fire safety audit.

Advice on the legislation is available from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (opens new window)

For more information, contact the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (opens new window). They can be reached on 0800 0731 999.