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A "fierce" early morning fire at a zoo has killed a number of
animals, wiping out an entire reptile house.
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BS 5839-1 / Regulatory reform act 2005
When planning a fire procedure for an animal centre or stables there is a number of factors that should be considered, a fire risk assessment is a key factor. Conducted to identify potential hazards the fire risk assessment ensures that the risks and hazards are found. This will allow for procedures to be identified to reduce the risk of a fire.

If a fire risk assessment has been carried out under the Fire Precautions Regulation 1997, you will need to review your fire risk assessment soon. This will ensure that you have an up-to-date assessment and also take into account the wider scope that the 2005 Order describe.

The Regulatory Reform Order 2005 states that as the as the owner or manager of the animal centre or stables, it is your responsibility to:

Fire Risk Assessment Ensure that a fire risk assessment has been reviewed recently
Fire Risk Assessments Farms Review the assessment to identify prevention methods
Fire Risk Assessments Farms Ensure that the changes are made to accommodate new risks
Fire Risk Assessments Inform the necessary people of the risks
Fire Risk Assessments Ensure that steps are taken to reduce risksĀ 
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5 do's - to ensure fire safety
BS 5839-1 / Regulatory reform act 2005
Ensure floors remain clear when possible - this will mean that the potential hazards are reduced and the area is safer. Possible ignition sources can be anywhere within an animal centre or stables, such as hay and straw.

Ensure that electrical equipment is tested for safety - doing this will mean that the equipment that is being used is safe and therefore will be reducing the risk of a fire being caused by an electrical fault.

Ensure that any fuel that may be used on the premises is not kept near naked flames, or high heat sources - keeping ignition sources and fuels apart is important and should be considered highly when conducting the fire risk assessment for the premises.

Inform employees or visitors of the risks they face - doing this is important as it is one of your responsibilities. This can be done verbally if the risks are high (with a briefing) or with the use of a written document.

Have a fire procedure in place - ensuring that a fire procedure in place is highly important in this industry as there is often a large number of people. Within a zoo or animal centre there is many people the fire procedure will remove them for an area where a fire may have broken out, an effective fire procedure will do this quickly and safely.
The Regulatory Reform Order 2005 states that as the property owner, you are responsible. Also there is a few questions that you may be asked. If these questions are difficult to answer, you may need to review your fire risk assessment - this will also be ensuring that the BS 5839-1 standards a meet correctly.
Fire Risk Assessments Do you have an up-to-date fire procedure in place?
Farms Fire Risk Assessments Are you staff correctly trained in fire safety?
Farms Fire Risk Assessments Has your fire risk assessment be reviewed recently?
Farms Fire Risk Assessments Do you have a plan in place for exiting the premises?
Farms Fire Risk Assessments When was your electrical equipment last tested?
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