Fire Safety Legislation: The Effect of Forty Years of Streamlining. PETE PINNEY. MIFSM GIFireE. In the beginning.
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Fire Safety Legislation: The Effect of Forty Years of Streamlining
PETE PINNEY. MIFSM GIFireE
The first recorded attempt to legislate for fire safety...
The Mayor of London laid down that houses in the city were to be built of stone, thatched roofs were not permitted, and party walls were to be of minimum height and thickness.
A disastrous fire in London, where an estimated 3000 people died, led to all alehouses being governed on their construction. Other requirements were made in connection with bakeries and brew houses.
During the summer months a tub of water was to be made available in case of fire.
During the 14th century a move from central hearths to a position against an outside wall began, however it was not until the end of the century that chimneys came into use.
As these were usually made from hollowed out logs the hazard became worse!
The 15th century saw timber chimneys outlawed and the first Act of Parliament relating to fire which made provision for fire prevention, fire fighting and penalties against persons causing fire in Scotland.
On September 13th King Charles II issued a proclamation...
The walls of all new buildings were to be of brick or stone.The main streets were to be widened to prevent fire spread.
Things start to ‘hot up’...
The ‘stable door’ saga continues...
...the aim of which was to secure minimum safety and health requirements for the workplace.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005:
The ‘Focus on Enforcement Review’ was published by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills in 2013.
Evidence was received from trade bodies, individual businesses and the regulators.
Some positive findings:
Some not so positive findings...
Starved of resources, the Fire & Rescue Services have been forced to change their attitude to enforcement.
BEWARE – NO MORE Mr NICE GUY...
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