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Operators, owners and occupants of a building are required to keep the estate and operations safe.

The required responsibilities of the rescue act concern the maintenance of the building so that fires and other incidents do not arise, and in case of a fire or accident the escape can be conducted safely and effectively.

Operators together with the owner and occupants of a building must also act so that the safety of the rescue personnel is taken into consideration and the rescue operations can be conducted in case of a fire or other incident.

In addition the equipment installed in the building such as automatic fire detectors and extinguishing equipment, exit route lighting and shelters with accessories must be kept operational.

Also the following have to be ensured; self-preparedness, chimney sweeping (fireplaces and smoke flues must be swept, and their condition must be inspected to make sure that any residue accumulating in them does not pose a fire risk), the knowhow and the maintenance of ventilation equipments as well as an emergency plan has to be made. An emergency plan has to be drawn up also for public and other events that have more than 200 participants and have fire safety risks.

Self-preparedness means measures taken independently to promote and up keep the safety.

The exits and access routes of buildings must be kept serviceable and free of obstructions. Rescue routes intended for emergency vehicles must be usable, free of obstructions, and appropriately indicated.

Identify - hazard sites and possible accident or dangerous situations that could take place during activities. 

Prevent - Remove risks, for example dangerous machinery and working methods. Safety instructions and the safety training of personnel have to be taken care of.

Prepare for - providing the needed safety arrangements and protective gear to assure the safety of the people, the property and the vicinity.

Operate correctly - in case of an accident or an emergency. Warn, extinguish, rescue, call 112, prevent further damages and guide help to the scene.

Published 2012-02-11 14:05 , updated 2012-02-24 14:21

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