The Law

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states:

Article 14(b), no caveats excluding disabled people: “in the event of danger, it must be possible for persons to evacuate the premises as quickly and as safely as possible;”

Article 15(b) does not demand that only employees can assist in an evacuation: “nominate a sufficient number of competent persons to implement those procedures in so far as they relate to the evacuation of relevant persons from the premises;”

Government Supplementary Guide for Means of Escape for Disabled People. Section 1.1: Legal Overview states:

“The Fire and Rescue Service’s role in fire evacuation is that of ensuring that the means of escape in case of fire and associated fire safety measures provided for all people who may be in a building are both adequate and reasonable, taking into account the circumstances of each particular case. Under current fire safety legislation it is the responsibility of the person(s) having responsibility for the building to provide a fire safety risk assessment that includes an emergency evacuation plan for all people likely to be in the premises, including disabled people, and how that plan will be implemented.

Such an evacuation plan should not rely upon the intervention of the Fire and Rescue Service to make it work.”