Make sure you conform....
Two recent prosecutions under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005;
1) A fire in a Somerset B&B fire leads to suspended prison sentence.
Mr Edward Smith, the owner of a bed and breakfast in Somerset received a two-month suspended prison sentence at Bristol Crown Court on 21 June 2013.Mr Smith pleaded guilty to five charges of failing to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005. He was also ordered to pay costs of £12,698.
Avon Fire & Rescue Service brought the prosecution after a fire at the premises in May 2012, which put lives at risk.
Mr Smith failed to:
Complete a fire risk assessment
Ensure that emergency exits and routes were properly illuminated
Provide established procedures in the event of a fire, such as notices in guests’ rooms
Equip the premises with fire detectors and alarms
Install self-closing fire doors
2) Breaches of the RRFSO, led to Gareth Wilson being given a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £10,187. The sentence follows a fire at a house of multiple occupancy he owned in Cotham, Bristol, in January 2012, in which two women had to be rescued from the roof by fire-fighters.
The court heard that:
• There was no evidence that a fire risk assessment had been carried out
• There were no records relating to maintenance of the alarm system, emergency lighting or fire extinguishers
More information from Avon Fire & Rescue HERE
Failure to ensure your business complies with fire safety regulations can lead to huge fines, in England and Wales and similar legislation in other parts of the UK and the world.
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