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New fire safety law

The Government has announced new fire safety rules affecting all non-domestic premises in England and Wales which will come into force on 1st October 2006.

This is the biggest overhaul of fire safety legislation in decades. The main effect of the changes will be a move towards greater emphasis on fire prevention in all non-domestic premises, including the voluntary sector. Responsibility for complying with the Fire Safety Order will rest with the "responsible person". In a workplace, this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises e.g. the occupier or owner. In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible.

From this it can be seen that this new law will affect dog show organisers whether using leisure centres or other community venues. The Kennel Club recommends that organisers contact the local fire and rescue service authority in the area of their dog show to ask for advice and guidance on compliance with this new law. Contact should also be made with show venue managers to talk through the fire safety arrangements for the venue.

More information can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website www.firesafetyguides.communities.gov.uk