This is a question that we are asked a lot and the answer is yes, legally you need one!
Fire Wardens (also called Fire Marshals) play a pivotal role, not only in evacuating personnel in the event of a fire, but they also play a really important role in fire prevention.
Fire Wardens are required legally with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 stating that “The ‘Responsible Person’ must appoint one or more competent persons to assist him/her in undertaking the preventive and protective fire measures.” A Fire Warden, therefore, should be officially appointed and trained to help prevent fires as well as the important role of overseeing the evacuation for the building in the event of a fire.
Fire Wardens roles include but are not limited to fire prevention, use (when trained) of extinguishers, able to ensure a safe evacuation of all people. Additional roles can also be incorporated which could include the inspection of fire exits to make sure they are kept clear, fire alarm weekly testing, monthly emergency light flick testing, managing fire evacuation drills, ensuring equipment is PAT tested and ensuring new employees know the procedures for a fire evacuation.
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