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Fire Safety Enforcement Advice

In partnership with Local Authority Building Control officers we ensure that:

  • Building plans meet the necessary fire safety standards to ensure that the people using these new buildings are safe in the event of fire.
  • Inspect (Audit) commercial premises on a risk basis ensuring compliance with the current fire safety legislation.
  • Undertake particular inspections when required an example would be ensuring the use of fireworks in nightclubs is forbidden. (after a recent incident in Russia).
  • We give Support to our fire crews on fire safety issues.
  • Deal with public houses licensing applications.
  • Deal with complaints on a wide variety of fire safety issues.

This time of year

  • We undertake pre Christmas inspections of premises occupied by large numbers of the public e.g. large shops, stores shopping centres etc.
  • Check out major event fire safety requirements
  • Arrange themed visits for operational crews such as checking the means of escape in aged persons homes and nursing homes.

Areas to be considered over the festive season

  • Overcrowding of public bars
  • Blocked means of escape due to security issues
  • High build up of combustible materials (Cardboard packaging etc)
  • Obscuration of fire fighting equipment by decorations
  • Ensure decorations are not obscuring signage
  • Ensure decorations will not prevent smoke detection actuation
  • Advice on arson prevention matters
  • Overloading of electrical sockets due to additional requirements
  • Use of candles
  • Use of fireworks.


All fire safety matters (complaints) should be forwarded to the nearest fire station who will contact a fire safety officer if required. Find your local fire station on the GMFRS website.

Fire Safety Advice in the Winter

Fire Safety Advice in the Home

Fire Safety Advice for parents and carers

Fire Safety Advice in shared or rented accommodation