Commercial Fire Prevention

Essential Fire Protection For Total Business Compliance

Fire prevention for commercial properties is a legal requirement which means that if you are an employer, owner or run a commercial building, it is your legal duty to ensure your property contains effective fire safety and fire prevention measures.

These fire prevention methods should be installed within your commercial premises to help reduce the risk of fire and suppress the fire to allow for critical escape time for those within your property at the time of the fire.

Effective fire prevention methods in your property can reduce the risk of death or injury to your staff members and the general public as well as mitigate any risk of potential damage to your stock and equipment stored within the building.

Here at Sovereign Fire & Security, we offer commercial fire prevention services for your business offering comprehensive fire prevention, detection measures and regular maintenance that make a crucial difference when it comes to emergency situations.

Speak with a member of the team on 0345 189 9808 to learn more about our fire prevention services and book your free fire prevention audit today.

How Sovereign Can Help Protect Your Business From Fires

At Sovereign, protecting your business from fire is our priority. As associated members of the FIA (Fire Industry Association) and certified members of BAFE Gold Accredited, UKAS, Construction Line and Safe Contractor approved, you can be assured that we are fully qualified to help prevent fires in your property.

First established in 1996, we have years of experience within the industry, meaning we can provide your business with a comprehensive fire prevention service that can help protect you against fire.

In order to guarantee your business is fully protected against fire, we will conduct a full audit ensuring you have all the necessary onsite equipment required by British Standards as well as ensuring that this onsite equipment is regularly tested and serviced.

Staying up to date with fire maintenance ensures continued compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and is central to any commercial fire prevention strategy.

That is why we offer a complete fire prevention service for your business which includes the following:

  • Fire Risk Assessment – A fully qualified risk assessor will complete a full fire risk audit of your commercial premises.
  • Active Fire Prevention Methods – We will ensure that active fire prevention methods are installed within your property including fire detection and alarm systems.

Why Do You Need Commercial Fire Prevention & Detection Methods?

  • Fire safety and fire prevention are some of the most important things that must be adhered to within commercial properties in order to protect both lives and property. It involves the set up of fire safety systems in buildings to detect and respond to fires.
  • Fire safety regulations for commercial buildings affect all businesses such as shops, warehouses, offices and any other places of work meaning no matter what type of business you own, it will need to adhere to fire safety regulations.

Fire Safety Act 2021 (FSA)

As the threat of fire is a constant worry for business owners, the designated fire safety officer of the business must ensure that their premises are compliant with the Fire Safety Act 2021 (FSA). 

The Fire Safety Act was introduced in 2021 and clarifies that the responsible person or duty holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must “manage and reduce the risk of fire” posed by the building structure and most notably external wall systems, including windows and balconies and individual occupants’ entrance doors. 

This act declares the responsible person of the premises must manage fire safety and mitigate risks of a fire breaking out including conducting a fire risk assessment for the commercial property. 

Does A Commercial Property Need A Fire Risk Assessment?

It is a legal requirement for all commercial premises to conduct regular fire risk assessments. If your business has more than five employees, you will need to keep a written record of your fire assessment because your local fire safety officer will need to see evidence of this upon inspection.

Failure to adhere to fire safety rules and regulations is a criminal offence and includes harsh penalties in order to encourage adherence. Fire safety penalties can range from large fines to in severe cases, imprisonment. For this reason, it is pivotal to make sure your business is fire safety compliant and all have the relevant fire prevention methods installed within your property.

Business Fire Safety Checklist

Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order recommends that buildings that contain more than 5 people undertake a fire risk assessment every 12 months. This review assesses a building’s fire risk and provides recommendations to make it safer if necessary.

New risk assessments must be undertaken every 5 years or if the purpose, structure, or layout of the building has changed. A new risk assessment is also required if the number of occupants has significantly changed or if there is a change of use.

Fire Extinguishers

UK standards recommend that businesses should have at least 2 Class A fire extinguishers on every storey of the building. That’s because fire extinguishers have an important role to play when it comes to putting out small fires before they grow uncontrollably, and slowing the spread until the fire and rescue service is on the scene. 

Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

A high-performing, reliable fire detection system which includes the necessary fire detection devices is central to any business’ fire prevention measures. Early detection can minimise damage to property by enabling the fire to be controlled in its incipient stages. Professional installation, timely maintenance, and regular monitoring can mean the difference between a prevented fire and a risk to life.

Emergency Lighting Systems

In the event of an emergency, providing adequate emergency lighting helps people find their way and evacuate safely even if power fails. An essential part of a commercial fire prevention strategy should therefore involve regular testing of all bulkhead lights, exit route lighting, and individual emergency lights.

Commercial Fire Prevention Maintenance & Compliance

Sovereign provides a comprehensive maintenance service for businesses of our own and pre-existing fire detection and alarm systems. We’re third-party accredited and provide a fully compliant installation that guarantees your system performs when it matters.

Our highly qualified technicians will carry out a regular programme of checks and servicing going forward, issuing detailed reports and keeping up-to-date records in your fire log book. With our team on your side, you can guarantee your business is taking the appropriate steps to minimise the risk of fire and maintaining total compliance with regulations.

Book Your Free Fire Risk Assessment Today

To learn more about our fire risk assessment services and to help ensure that your commercial property adheres to the fire safety rules and regulations as set out in the Fire Safety Act 2021, please get in touch with a member of the team on 0345 189 9808. 

Frequently Asked Commercial Fire Prevention Questions

Does the Fire Safety Act apply to commercial buildings?
The Fire Safety Act applies to all commercial properties such as shops, offices and restaurants as a few examples. It is a legal requirement for anyone who is responsible for a business or commercial property to complete a fire risk assessment and ensure their property is compliant with the Fire Safety Act.

Can I do my own fire risk assessment?
You can do your own fire risk assessment with the help of standard fire safety risk assessment guides. If you do not have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment you will need to appoint a “competent person” to help such as Sovereign Fire & Security.

Who has legal responsibility for a building’s fire safety?
A fire risk assessment is a legal requirement and if you are responsible for a commercial property, you will need to make sure a suitably competent person completes a fire risk assessment.


Office buildings, warehousing and industrial units, retail environments, food manufacturing & processing.


Education & healthcare, government & local authority, home office sites, general construction.

Home and Family

Urban dwellings, country/rural residences, private care homes/communal living.

Private Clients

Jewellers, bonded warehousing, high-profile individuals, private consultation service.