Focus on Fire Safety

Published: 27 Jun 2016

In recent fire safety news we look in brief at two recent case studies and highlight some key fire safety practices that will help to keep your business safe.

On 6 June 2016 a fire broke out at the Rushmore Hotel in Earls Court which resulted in 9 people being rescued by fire fighters and 150 people being evacuated from buildings in the surrounding area. The cause of this fire is unknown and it is understood that investigations are still underway.

In the second case we see how a kitchen mishap can lead to a hob fire. Kent fire and rescue service reported that a resident was just about to leave her home in Bluebell Road, Kingsnorth when she spotted smoke coming from the kitchen. She discovered a small fire involving some clothing that she had placed on her hob while doing some laundry. It appears that the hob had accidentally been switched on, setting fire to the clothes. The woman was able to extinguish the fire and when fire crews arrived, they used a specialised fan to clear smoke from the property. Fire fighters have subsequently warned that extra care needs to be taken with premises that have electrical hobs.

Key fundamentals to ensure that premises are prevented from the threat of fire include the following:

  1. Ensure that a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is conducted by a competent person.
  2. The fire safety risks associated to your business must be identified and control measures put in place.
  3. An internal fire safety management system must be put in place and monitored to ensure that legal compliance is met.

Contact CSC for further advice on how to implement systems to protect your business from the risk of fire safety