The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 means that owners of self-catering holiday properties must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. This can be done either by the cottage owner or an experienced Fire Risk Assessor.
The government introduced a number of industry specific guides to help owners of businesses to comply with the new law. For holiday lets it is entitled ‘Do You Have Paying Guests?’
This fire safety law doesn’t just apply to holiday accommodation owners. It requires employers, managers, occupiers and owners of premises (where the main use is as an office, shop or other business) to carry out and maintain a fire risk assessment.
Its purpose is to prevent fires, reduce risk, and to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the premises or who is in the immediate vicinity.
For further advice about keeping your guests safe, see the below helpful guide produced by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
A fire risk assessment is an organised and methodical look at your premises. It involves considering the activities that are likely to be carried out, recognising the likelihood that a fire could start, spread and cause harm to those in and around the premises.
A fire risk assessment document demonstrates compliance of the fire safety law with the legal obligation to identify risks and to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place.