Fire Risk Legislation and Information
In 2005 the legislation for fire safety changed. Having a fire certificate on a business premises is now no longer sufficient. All non-domestic properties (including pubs, restaurants and hotels) are required, by law, to have the following:
A suitable & sufficient fire risk assessment for the workplace, carried out by a competent person Identified fire safety hazards and an action plan for managing and dealing with those hazards. Appropriate fire-fighting equipment including fire detectors and alarms. ALL staff fire awareness trained and certain staff members trained as Fire Wardens. Information regarding the above to be made available to all employees. Quite often publicans will put off sorting their fire safety. It’s easy to forget, when you’re running a busy pub, until you have a visit from the fire officer. It is so important to get it sorted early on, as leaving it can result in prosecution by the fire brigade or a fine. In June 2008, the owner of the Brandon House Hotel was fined £204,000 for failing to ensure that his hotel met vital fire safety standards.
When choosing a fire safety company, it is always worth shopping around. Ask friends, colleagues or an independent association if they can recommend a company. Try to get quotes from a few companies if you can, both local and national, for ALL aspects of the legislation. It’s no good getting a great deal on your extinguishers if the training is going to cost you double!
Do your research “ how many extinguishers, and of which type, do you actually need? Is a massively expensive alarm system necessary? So many companies, even reputable ones, will sell you much more than the requirement on extinguishers, alarms and emergency lights and then charge you again every year to service them!
One example of this was a small grade II listed pub in Bath who were advised that they needed to fit an expensive fire alarm throughout the building, incurring huge expense. After doing some research they were advised that they in fact didn’t need a fire alarm as the property was only small, and nobody ever slept there. As long as all members of staff knew how to raise the alarm (to ring the last orders bell) then an automatic alarm was not necessary. This saved them over £4000 installation and over £150 every year for alarm servicing.
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