Concerns have been raised about the lack of information being passed on from developers to building occupiers about fire safety once construction of a building is complete. The Passive Fire Protection Federation ( PFPF ) believes more must be done to raise awareness of the legal rights and responsibilities both parties have. Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations states that the person carrying out work on a new building must pass on relevant fire safety information to the occupiers of the building. Specifically these details must be given to the Responsible Person whose job it is to ensure that a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment is carried out on the property under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The Chairman for the PFPF pointed out that Regulation 38 is not just a recommendation, but a legal requirement on building developers. "This information can greatly improve the building occupier's understanding of the safety precautions installed within a building," he remarked.
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Flats above a takeaway restaurant in West Yorkshire had to be evacuated on the evening of Thursday August 2nd after a grill in the kitchen caught fire. According to Keighley News, the blaze broke out at Raja's Pizza Bar on Cavendish Street in Keighley town centre and firefighters were called to the scene at around 9.30pm. Crews spent four hours battling the flames and were forced to cut away the floorboards in the upstairs flats to ensure the fire did not spread further. Everyone got out ok.
Smoke spread to the flats above as well as an adjacent building. Initial investigations point to a build-up of grease and fat behind the grill's ventilation canopy as the likely causeof the fire
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales. If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.
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Failure to meet fire safety regulations despite a warning from local enforcement officers has led to a fine of more than £10,000 for the owners of a care home in South Yorkshire.
The owners of the nursing home in the village of Kendray, pleaded guilty to three separate breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The company had failed to provide a suitable fire risk assessment, and had also neglected to put in place adequate fire emergency procedures and fix defective fire doors. "These breaches were so serious that had there been a fire at the home there was a real danger that residents would have been seriously injured or worse," said a representative of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. He also issued a warning to other care homes that "swift action" would be taken by the authorities if fire safety regulations are not adhered to.
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A family from Liverpool have been left devastated after the business they have been building up for almost a century was gutted in a huge fire.
According to the Liverpool Echo, printing firm S Barber and Co. Ltd was one of several industrial units to go up in flames on an estate on Lipton Close in Bootle. The blaze broke out in the early hours of July 30th and firefighters from eight crews spent four hours battling it using water from the nearby Leeds-Liverpool canal. Along with the unit where the fire started, the printers was the worst hit on the site. The owner of the building said that it is now a "black hole".
Demolition crews have been visiting the site and it is believed that they may pull down at least two of the units. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
A 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.
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An elderly woman had to be taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a Conwy care home. North Wales fire service were called to the Fairhaven Rest Home in Colwyn Bay at 6.09am on Wednesday (July 11th).
The four attending fire crews managed to bring the fire under control after around two hours but could not prevent the flames from damaging the room where the fire started. The first and second floors also suffered smoke damage.
One elderly female resident was taken to hospital, while another received treatment at the scene.
In England and Wales, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties. If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.
An investigation has been launched to establish the cause of the blaze.