Good management of fire safety is essential to prevent fires from occurring and to ensure that if they do occur they are likely to be controlled or contained quickly, effectively and safely, or that, if a fire does occur and grow, everyone in the premises is able to escape to a place of total safety easily and quickly.

The responsible person or dutyholder is legally required to make and implement arrangements for planning, organising, controlling, monitoring and reviewing preventive and protective measures as this topic describes.

See also the topic Fire Safety Management System Standards on the application of a formal management system.

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