Upsurge of fires

With the Grenfell tragedy still fresh in our minds, fire safety is back in the headlines

as a notable upsurge of fires were reported across the country in the last couple of months.Buildings implicated in these fires included hotels, multi-story car parks and a campus in Bristol.

We look at one recent fires and provide guidance of fire safety requirements and the role of the competent person:

  • A fire in December 2017 broke out in the early hours of the morning at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond. The fire claimed the lives of two of its residents Simon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson, 38. More than 200 guests were rushed from the building, with a family of two adults and a child rescued by ladder. The Loch Lomond based hotel announced that it will remain closed while investigations into the blaze and the damage caused continue.
  • Since the inception of the Sentencing Guidance in 2016, record fines for contraventions of fire safety requirements have been issued. In certain instances, individuals have also been jailed. Previously, Bristol based, Bengal Raj restaurant had been found guilty of breaking numerous fire safety laws. Zamshed Alam’s restaurant owner had been jailed for 6 months for contraventions which included failure to carry out a fire risk assessment, obstruction of fire exit routes and failure to fit an appropriate fire alarm.

4Sight risk managers have extensive fire safety management experience and all our risk managers have industry leading qualification to ensure the advice we offer meet industry best practise.

Contact 4Sight for additional advice here.

By Gary Woolam

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