If your community group or organisation has (to any extent) control of premises, you will have a legal responsibility to take steps to prevent fire and to lessen the detrimental effects of a fire on those premises.
Regulations set out under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 covering non-domestic premises give your group statutory duties to:-
- carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment of the premises
- identify the required fire safety measures in response to the Fire Risk Assessment
- implement those fire safety measures
- put in place fire safety arrangements for the ongoing control and review of the fire safety measures
- comply with the specific requirements of the fire safety regulations
- keep the Fire Safety Risk Assessment and outcome under review
- keep records
Not all of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 requirements will apply if your community group is run entirely by volunteers working in their own home – as long as the premises remains a private (domestic) dwelling. Most domestic premises are exempt from the requirement to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment.
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