News is coming in today of a huge fire which has raged through the night at the Grenfell Tower block, in North Kensington. Forty fire engines, and around 200 firefighters tackled the blaze. The London Fire Brigade has confirmed that there were fatalities but cannot give a number. It has been reported that more than 50 people have been taken to five London hospitals. Currently, the cause of the fire is unknown, however this reminds us of just how important fire regulations are within any building.
Also in London, we have heard of a recent prosecution. Following a visit by the London Fire Brigade in 2013 after the investigation of a small fire, The Central Hotel was fined £20,000 for breach of fire safety regulations.
LFB fire safety inspectors visited the 24 room hotel following a small fire in its 13 bedroom annexe on 16 June 2013. They discovered a number of fire safety issues, including:
- no evidence of fire risk assessment
- no smoke alarms or smoke detectors
- inadequate fire doors
- no emergency lighting
- no evacuation procedures in place
An Enforcement Notice was issued by the Brigade in July 2013 but subsequent visits found that the work required to address the fire safety failures had not been completed.
This case emphasises the need for robust fire safety management systems to be put in place and properly managed.
If you require any support or advice on how to ensure fire safety regulations are met in your premises, please do not hesitate to contact CSC where one of our fire safety experts will be only to happy to assist.