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Fires can cause serious damage to people and places. About half of workplace fires are caused deliberately and about half are caused by things such as electrical faults, careless smokers and the misuse of tools that have naked flames. Fire demands three things: a source of ignition (heat), oxygen and fuel. Take one of these three things away and a fire cannot survive or start.
Leicester Landlord Prosecuted
In October 2014, a landlord, and the owner of adjoining properties in Leicester, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for ignoring fire safety regulations.
In May 2013, the properties caught fire.
Firefighters rescued three residents.
It was found that there were no proper fire safety measures were in place, there had been no risk assessment and there was no evacuation strategy.
The fire alarm, smoke alarms and emergency lights were not working.
Fire doors were missing, left open or jammed and a fire extinguisher had not been inspected for 25 years.
The landlord had not implemented the safety warnings and advice given to him a year before the fire.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of community safety commented after the case that the landlord had shown a shocking lack of regard for residents.
The sentence sent a very strong message to the owners and managers of similar properties regarding their legal responsibilities and the likely consequences of ignoring them.
Under the 2005 Fire Safety legislation the 'responsible person' for each premises will be required to carry out a fire risk assessment and take steps to reduce or remove the risk.
Bravanark can conduct a level 1 or more intrusive assessment of your premises as required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. We will identify any hazards that may cause and/or contribute to a fire, we will advise you on how to remove the hazard or minimize the risks involved, and we will identify any training that may be required to equip your workforce to deal with fire and fire evacuations.
As from October 2006 businesses no longer need a fire certificate and fire certificates will no longer be valid, inspections will continue and evidence of assessments will be required. The 'responsible person' is the person/s who owns or controls the business. This is also the owner of the property. If the two are different they must share responsibility and are obliged to co-operate.
The HM Government has produced a 'Five Steps' guide to Fire Safety Risk Assessment.
1. Identify the fire hazard
2. Identify people at risk
3. Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk
4. Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
The following guidance will help you to decide what action you should take!
The guides explain what you might do to comply with fire safety law, help you to carry out and review a fire precautions within your premises and identify the any further fire precautions you need to have in place and keep maintained.
The responsible person, with limited formal training or experience, should be able to carry out a basic fire risk assessment for their premises. If you read the fire safety guide and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should contact Phil by either using the contact button or call Freephone 0800 047 5876 expert advice from a 'competent person'.
More complex premises and those deemed to be of a certain fire risk will probably need to be assessed by a 'competent person' who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment.
Bravanark can now offer intrusive assessments. This would require access to ceiling voids in corridors and rooms.