There are many strict rules within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order 2005) for fire safety in a workplace, but when it comes to the home; does anyone know the legal government guidelines?
No, because there aren’t any, apart from if you are a landlord renting your home, which then becomes a form of business.
Why is that? …
Did you know studies show that EVERYDAY at least 49 businesses and 77 homes catch fire on average? Now, compare the stats between businesses and homes. In most cases, your house contains more fire hazards than your workplace. So why do we as a community and the government not take fire safety in the home seriously? Maybe because we think it will never happen to us, right?
With an average of 77 homes catching fire every day, if it was your home that tragically caught fire would you know what to do?
Do you have the right knowledge, equipment and training in fire safety to save you and your family from being seriously burnt or worse still, killed?
Would you be in a position to start again if your house burnt to the ground and you lost all your worldly possessions? Imagine years of your blood, sweat and tears building your family home, GONE, in an INSTANT!!
In recent news, a block of flats in Oxford faced a huge fire explosion causing them to collapse and causing injuries to residents.
“A number of people are unaccounted for after the explosion and the collapse of a block of flats in Oxford.
Two people have been treated for minor injuries and one has been taken to hospital, said the Fire and Rescue Service.
South Central Ambulance Service said four flats had collapsed.”
If you were trapped in this situation, what would you do? Not only were the people who lived in the flats in danger here, but everyone that surrounded them.
Take for instance; you are driving on a busy junction on a Monday morning. People are in a rush to get to work, traffic is heavy and drivers are irate. You feel you are a safe driver so nothing will happen to you. But the others around you are not. A driver speeds across a red light and cuts right before you just as you were about to turn. You would never expect it because you are a safe driver. However, we can never rely on others around us to be safe or think the same as us. We have to be responsible for ourselves.
Now imagine you are protected with fire safety equipment in your home, you have the training and know what to do to save yourself and your family if a fire was to start, but do your neighbours? If a fire was to happen in their home, it can easily spread to YOUR home in a matter of seconds. Just because you have some protection against the fire that doesn’t mean to say that they do!
We all need to have fire protection within our homes for it to work properly but it will never happen if we don’t all take responsibility for it, at least until the Government makes it a legal requirement and enforce it.
Businesses are made to enforce regular reviews of fire risk assessments of the premises, have clear evacuation plans, install all equipment and have regular testing’s on them, train all of the staff in fire safety and carry out at least 1 fire drill per year (whilst recording the results).
If they do not do this, they face harsh punishments such as thousands of pounds worth of penalties and in some cases they can face up to 2 years in prison.
If the government enforced the same laws when it comes to fire safety in the home, then maybe house fires would very noticeably decrease. Raising awareness for fire safety is very important, most people do not realise the risks they are taking every day by not being prepared in case a fire disaster was to happen to them or to anyone around them. This can be easily changed! Until the government begin to enforce these much needed regulations and start thinking about the safety of us as individuals and our families in our homes, we should take initiative ourselves and start putting our safety first.
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Similarly, you can visit your local fire service website who will also have informative information and advice that can help.