Fire Safety Act 2021 is a major UK fire safety legislation act passed by the British Home Department concerning the safety of British people against the threat of fire. This act aims to strengthen the regulations regarding fire safety in multi-occupied residential buildings, and bounds building owners and Responsible Persons by law to conduct necessary Fire Risk Assessments of their buildings. If Responsible Persons fail in their duty, they can be punished by law for such negligence.
The Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) of fire safety passed in 2005 combined a number of different fire safety regulations passed over more than a century into one piece of legislation. RRO 2005 made it mandatory for responsible persons to conduct fire risk assessments of their buildings.
In 2017, a high-rise residential building called grenfell tower caught fire due to faulty electronic equipment. That tragedy resulted in 72 casualties and inspired a nationwide debate about fire safety in the United Kingdom. A civil engineer named Dame Judith Hackitt presented a review of the grenfell building tragedy and recommended updated fire safety regulations in the UK.
After a number of 2021 fire safety act briefings, the home department acted on Dame Hackitt’s recommendations and issued the Fire Safety Act in April 2021.
The Fire Safety Act 2021 modifies and improves upon the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (also known as RRO). The 2021 act introduces updated fire safety assessment requirements for multi-occupied buildings, and also introduces strict guidelines for such buildings’ responsible persons with regard to fire risk assessments.
The Regulatory Reform Order 2005 (Fire Safety) was a major legislation concerned with public fire safety that took inspiration from the 1971 fire precautions act and many other pieces of legislation regarding public safety against fire incidents in the UK. It designated owners or landlords of the buildings, or business managers running a business inside a building as responsible persons, who are tasked with having a fire risk assessment conducted of their respective buildings in order to ensure the safety of its residents against fire.
The fire safety act 2021 improves upon the RRO 2005 and demands that the external walls and fire doors of each individual flat be included in the fire risk assessment. It also introduces harsh penalties for non-compliant responsible persons.
Fire Safety Act 2021 aims to ensure that people in England and Wales remain safe from accidental fire breakouts. This act bounds each multi-occupancy building’s responsible persons by law to conduct thorough fire risk assessments so that another tragic incident like Grenfell Tower Fire does not occur. Responsible Persons can no longer escape punishment from the country’s law enforcement if they show negligence towards their duties and put people’s lives in danger.
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Fire safety act 2021 was passed in April 2021 and commenced in May 2022. The Fire Safety Regulations (England) will be enforced in January 2023.
Parts of this act are in force in Wales and England since May 2022. However, Fire safety regulations concerning England will come into force in January 2023.
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