Article 37

Article 37 – from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states:

“Fire-fighters’ switches for luminous tube signs etc.

Article 37 carries forward existing requirements (in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and various Local Acts) for the protection of firefighters from electrocution when fighting fires at buildings which have high voltage fluorescent signs. The article continues the protection provided by existing legislation and should continue to be enforced using current arrangements.

The Order is silent on suspension or otherwise of counter notices under article 37(7). This is because article 37 assumes that the equipment in question (the cut-off switch and the luminous sign) has yet to be installed. Installation of the sign without the requirements for appropriate location etc of a cut-off switch having been satisfied is an offence. Neither the person responsible or the Fire and Rescue Authority’s notices as proposals and opposition to the proposal can be taken out of force or suspended. The matter is for the courts to determine. Installation of the sign during the appeal would remain an offence.”