KFRS helps businesses to stay fire safe

17 January 2024

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is offering businesses free advice and support to help them to stay fire compliant. 

Businesses, Business fire safety

Every business has a legal duty to comply with fire safety laws and Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is offering free, tailored advice to help. 
People who are responsible for businesses across the county could be eligible for KFRS’ Primary Authority Partnership, which gives them access to reliable guidance to ensure their premises are fire safe. 
Members of the building safety team will offer each organisation tailored advice to ensure they are compliant with fire safety laws, as well as updates on any changes to legislation. 
Louise Burford, KFRS’ Building Safety Competence and Customer Liaison Manager, said: “We want every business to understand they have a legal duty to meet fire safety requirements, and ultimately keep their customers, staff, and themselves safe from any potential risks. 
“Regardless of the size of your business, the partnership will give you reassurance your compliant with necessary fire safety regulations and reduce the chance of enforcement.”

Examples of legal requirements for businesses include having up-to-date risk assessments, suitable escape routes and adequate fire detection systems.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 as amended by Building Safety Act 2022, the requirements apply to all non-domestic premises, including places of work, places where people visit or stay, and non-domestics areas of multi-occupied residential buildings, such as stairways and communal corridors. 
Several companies have already signed up to the Primary Authority Partnership, including charities, landlords, commercial businesses, and Kent-based housing association Golding Homes. 
Matt Allen, Head of Asset Management at Golding Homes, said: “We’re excited to enter the Primary Authority Partnership with KFRS. This will allow us to build upon our already strong relationship with KFRS and enable us to further promote and deliver effective fire safety management for the benefit of all our customers.”
To find out more about setting up a business partnership with KFRS, call 01622 212 224 or emailing buildingsafetyenquiry@kent.fire-uk.org.