No Fire Risk Assessment for a Building being used as a Guesthouse, in London, was just one of the three reasons the owner was handed a six-month suspended sentence after a serious blaze.
London Fire Brigade reported on their incident page that the fire, caused two people to jump to safety from a window and resulted in a number of others being treated for smoke inhalation.
The owner was found guilty of three offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 following a successful prosecution by the Brigade.
The blaze, which was caused by a faulty electric blanket, left the ground and first floor of the three-storey converted end of terrace house badly damaged.
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The London Fire Brigade’s Fire Safety Inspectors raised the following serious concerns;
- An inadequate fire alarm and detection system
- Inadequate escape route
- No fire risk assessment
The Owner clearly put lives at risk by not fulfilling her responsibilities to ensure that the correct fire safety measures were in place and that the Guesthouse met fire safety regulations.
The suspended sentence, hopefully will serve as a stark reminder to other Guesthouse owners to ensure that they fulfill their fire safety responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Guesthouses, Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Rentals, Pubs with Rooms and Self — Catering Accommodation should all have a current Fire Safety Risk Assessment for their Building.
It’s not worth taking a chance — by appointing a third party competent person who is qualified with an independent body such as the Institution of Fire Engineers you can expect to receive a ‘suitable and sufficient’ Fire Risk Assessment. The IFE have on their website a list of qualified Fire Risk Assessors many are London based Fire Safety Consultancy companies.
London Fire Risk Assessments is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and Fire Risk Assessing is their core business. You can feel confident in their hands as LFRA is completely independent and are not affiliated to any Safety and Fire protection equipment company.
The first step in the Fire Safety Risk Assessment process is to arrange a Fire Safety Inspection and Audit for your London premise.
Take a moment to double check the following:
- Is the Assessor who will be carrying out the inspection fully qualified to do so
- Is the Company fully insurance
- Check that the final report will not be a generic tick box template as this may not be a ‘suitable and sufficient’ and could be rejected by the Fire Brigade if it came into question.
Once the Fire Safety Inspection and Audit has been completed a Fire Risk Assessment report will be compiled. The following ‘parts’ form a Fire Risk Assessment:
When ringing round for quotations make sure all the above are included in your Fire Risk Assessment package and you are not charged extra for any element.
The Fire Safety Management Plan — Significant Findings is basically your job list — it is a ‘live’ document that should be updated as and when the Fire Safety Actions are moved forward or completed.
Keeping your Fire Risk Assessment current is imperative and a copy of the report and the premise ‘Log Book’ should always be kept on site. It also shows the level of Management if ever quizzed.
If you have any Fire Safety concerns London Fire Risk Assessments have a friendly team waiting to help call now on 01689 890879 or click here to arrange a Fire Safety Inspection and Audit for your London premise.