28Sep2017

West Earlham doctors’ surgery branded inadequate amid fears over patient and staff safety

Patients and staff were put at risk at a Norwich doctors’ surgery judged unsafe by inspectors, according to a new report. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) put Wensum Valley Medical Practice, which is spread across three city sites, into special measures following the visit. But Norwich’s health authority said a major programme of improvements had
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29Aug2017

England’s fire services suffer 25% cut to safety officers numbers

A Guardian investigation finds number of specialist staff who check buildings against safety legislation down from 924 to 680 since 2011  The figures come after the government’s announcement of a review of regulations and safety following the Grenfell Tower fire in June. Photograph: Tang/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock Fire services in England have lost more than a quarter
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29Aug2017

Woman rescued after fire in high-rise block in Bedford

A woman has been treated for smoke inhalation after being rescued from a fire in a block of flats in Bedford according to ITV.com. Firefighters were called to the 12-storey Beckett Court building on Thursday evening at shortly after 8pm and smoke was seen coming from the top of the building although the blaze was
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29Aug2017

Cladding on six Cardiff Bay private flat blocks fail fire tests

Cladding on six apartment buildings at a privately-owned site in Cardiff Bay has failed fire safety tests according to BBC.co.uk. Extra precautions are being taken at Prospect Place, following the tests introduced after the Grenfell Tower disaster. Warwick Estates, which manages the site, said residents were being kept “fully up to date”. It is the first
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28Aug2017

Cladding tests: 228 high-rise buildings at fire risk

A total of 228 high-rise buildings are fitted with cladding are considered to be ‘at risk’ and do not meet fire safety standards, official tests ordered by the Government in the wake of the Grenfell fire have concluded according to ITV.com. The latest series of “whole-building tests” have now finished, announced the Department for Communities
  • 28 Aug, 2017
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09Aug2017

London’s newest hospital building failed fire safety checks

Cladding on London’s newest hospital building failed fire safety checks ordered after the Grenfell Tower disaster, the NHS revealed today according to The Evening Standard.                         The £160 million Guy’s Cancer Centre opened last September as part of a vision to develop world-class cancer care at
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27Jul2017

H&F Council announces £20million Fire Safety Plus package

Sprinklers in high-rise blocks, free replacements for faulty appliances, safety checks for every council high-rise home, restoring concierge staff and higher-standard fire assessments – these are all part of a £20million package of Fire Safety Plus measures being launched by Hammersmith & Fulham Counciltoday. Following the Grenfell Tower fire last month, H&F Council has been
  • 27 Jul, 2017
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12Apr2017

Property company ordered to pay £460,000 following fatal fire at Surrey retirement home

A property company was today ordered to pay fines and costs of £460,000 for fire safety breaches at a retirement home where an elderly woman died in a fire according to Surrey News. FirstPort Limited, formerly Peverel Management Services, was prosecuted by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service following a fire at Gibson Court, Hinchley Wood
  • 12 Apr, 2017
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12Apr2017

Care home fined £100,000 after blocking fire exits

A care home has been fined £100,000 after fire doors and escape routes were blocked according to bbc.co.uk.                         Charges were brought against Almondsbury Care Ltd, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, after a routine inspection of staff accommodation. District judge David Taylor told Taunton Magistrates’ Court that
  • 12 Apr, 2017
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24Feb2017

Council ‘regrets’ Lakanal House tower block fire deaths

A London council expressed its “sincere regret” as it pleaded guilty to four charges relating to a tower block fire which killed six people according to bbc.co.uk. Three women and three young children were killed in the 2009 blaze at Lakanal House in Camberwell, Southwark Crown Court heard. The fire started due an electrical fault
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03Feb2017

A History of False Fire Alarms

When appraising your fire alarm system and the levels of risks associated with a fire breaking out at your premises it is important to consider whether or not the history of false alarms is important or not. If there is a history of many false alarms at your premises it can have a massive impact
  • 3 Feb, 2017
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18Jan2017

Luxury Spa in Debenhams on Market Street told to improve fire safety after tumble dryer blaze

A luxury spa based inside Debenhams’ flagship store in Manchester city centre has been told to tighten up its fire safety policies after a blaze involving two tumble dryers led to an emergency evacuation according to Manchester Evening News. Shoppers were told to leave the Market Street department store as firefighters raced to the scene.
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15Dec2016

Fire safety risks halt admissions to Workington hospital

A Cumbrian hospital has been forced to close to new admissions after fire safety concerns. Ellerbeck ward at Workington Hospital is not admitting patients after a specialist report highlighted issues that would limit the ability to evacuate the first floor ward. A specialist report commissioned by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and received recently, highlighted
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08Dec2016

11 killed in fire at Karachi’s Regent Plaza hotel

Pakistan hotel fire: Eleven killed at Karachi’s Regent Plaza At least 11 people have died in a fire at a four-star hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi. The fire began in the kitchen on the ground floor of the Regent Plaza hotel, before spreading through the building, local media report. More than 70 people
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05Dec2016

Fire Escape Route Planning for Individuals Who May Require Assistance

The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended 1999) requires provision to be made for the safe evacuation of people from a building in the event of an emergency situation. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 require that disabled people including students should not be treated less
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30Nov2016

Fire Safety Training for a Designated Person

The Fire Marshall is the designated person(s) within a company that is responsible for a number of tasks related to fire safety. Fire safety training is crucial to developing the understanding of this role for those who have been assigned it, and should be regularly updated to ensure they are on top of the situation
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22Nov2016

Knowing Your Escape Route from a Fire

When fire strikes it is important to get out of the building as quickly as you can, in the safest possible manner. Knowing what to do in an emergency could make the difference to your survival, and that of others you are taking care of, so it is an important aspect of your home and
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15Nov2016

Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace

If you are the manager or owner of a business you have to take fire safety seriously. There are a number of things you can, and should, do to get the ball rolling in terms of assessing the fire hazards and risks in your building. Identify Hazards – Potential ignition sources are those areas of
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14Nov2016

The Importance of Fire Safety in Student Accommodation

Student accommodation is always one of the types of property that is most at risk of suffering from a fire. This is down to the fact that there are many people living within one building, for many it is the first time they will live independently away from home and the type of lifestyle a
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10Nov2016

Banbury pub fined for placing members of the public at risk of fire

A local firm and business director have been prosecuted for failing to provide suitable fire safety arrangements for members of the public at a popular public house in Banbury. Swan Pub Banbury Ltd and its director Mr Alan O’Donovan were together ordered to pay a total of £9,200 after they provided sleeping accommodation to members
  • 10 Nov, 2016
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08Nov2016

Fire rips through four floors of Leeds apartment block

Two people were rescued by firefighters following a blaze at high-rise flats at Brewery Wharf on the edge of Leeds city centre. Crews from across the county were sent to the fire on the second floor of the Regent Quay flats, in Bowman Lane, at around 1pm yesterday (Nov 6) according to Yorkshire Evening Post.
  • 8 Nov, 2016
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07Nov2016

Care home must pay £40k for flouting safety laws after fire left elderly resident on life support

A south east London care home must pay more than £40,000 for breaking fire safety laws after a blaze left an elderly woman on life support according to The Evening Standard. Six elderly residents had to be rescued after the fire ripped through the first floor wing of the care home in Penge back in
  • 7 Nov, 2016
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04Nov2016

The Legal Responsibilities of a HMO

If you are the landlord of a HMO you have certain legal responsibilities in terms of fire safety measures. Here we take a look at what you need to know if you own a House in Multiple Occupancy. Firstly, let’s define a property that falls into the category of HMO: There are different rental agreements
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05Oct2016

Whitby restaurant fined over fire safety breach

A Whitby restaurant owner has been fined £50,000 after he admitted not complying with six fire safety regulations. Azad Hussain, former company director of Kam Thai (Whitby) Ltd in Church Street, pleaded guilty at York Crown Court. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service carried out a fire safety inspection at the restaurant on August 8
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16Sep2016

Wokingham’s Taj Mahal restaurant fined for breaching fire regulations

Director Rabeya Bhuyain was fined more than £7,000 for the breaches The owner of an Indian restaurant in Wokingham has been fined more than £7,500 after admitting nine breaches of fire safety regulations according to Getreading.co.uk. Rabeya Bhuiyan, who owns the Far East Trading Company, which runs the Taj Mahal in Denmark Street, has been
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01Sep2016

Government criticised over quietly abandoning requirement for new schools to install fire sprinklers

Government ministers have been heavily criticised after quietly abandoning the requirement for fire sprinklers to be fitted in new schools, in what has been called a “retrograde step” by fire chiefs according to The Independent. An update to the Department of Education’s (DfE) Design in Fire Safety in Schools stated that “Building Regulations do not require
  • 1 Sep, 2016
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01Sep2016

Smoke alarms missing in third of fatal house fires, report shows

The fire brigade is urging home owners to have life-saving smoke alarms fitted as new figures show they were missing in a third of fatal fires according to ITV.com. Mains powered domestic smoke alarm, Credit: Press Association The largest report into such incidents in Yorkshire shows that in the last five years 133 people died
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01Sep2016

Hospital hit with massive bill after it’s revealed builders had failed to fire-proof it

Two-years of round-the-clock renovations required as urgent safety work begins to rectify mistake   URGENT safety works have begun at a £380 million PFI hospital after inspectors found it was built without fire protection according to The Sun.   University Hospital Coventry opened just a decade ago but will now need two years of round-the-clock
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25Aug2016

£12,000 fine for company breaching safety laws

A company has been given a £12,000 fine after confessing to a series of breaches in housing legislation, including fire safety, in a King’s Lynn property. The Pure Portland Management Ltd case has been described as “alarming” by council officials, who are urging property owners to ensure they are fully aware of their legal responsibilities.
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23Aug2016

Humberside landlord jailed for 5 months over fire safety issues

A LANDLORD has been jailed after “cutting corners” and deliberately putting his “wealth” before the “safety of tenants” according to grimsbytelegraph.co.uk. He was “wholly money-orientated” and “woefully inadequate” in his duties – and it was only by “good fortune” that nobody died in a serious fire at one of his properties. He lied to police
  • 23 Aug, 2016
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23Aug2016

Fire warning over mobile phones on beds

Children and parents are being warned of the dangers of kids charging up their mobile phones on their beds, as it could result in the sheets catching fire. Research has shown that three out of every four youngsters in the United Kingdom potentially have fire hazards in their bedroom, with an average of ten electrical
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17Aug2016

Milton Keynes couple fined over fire safety breaches

The owner of a Milton Keynes HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) and her husband have been fined £27,485.08 for serious fire safety breaches. Mrs Mahin Begum Choudhury and her husband, Mr Ajjequr Rahman Irshad, were given the order in Milton Keynes Magistrates Court during sentencing on the 10th of July, after having previously pleaded guilty
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14Aug2016

Council targets three unsafe HMOs

Oxford Council has undertaken a series of operations targeting unsafe Houses in Multiple Occupation. One of the three letting units that were targeted was situated on a property’s third floor, over a ground level restaurant. 66 year old Abdul Saleem Chaudhry was prosecuted after his Shezan restaurant, located in Oxford Street, was visited by environmental
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02Aug2016

Landlord fined £4,000 for fire safety offences

A landlord who failed to provide proper fire protection for his tenants was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 in costs (Tuesday 26 July 2016) after pleading guilty to three charges under the Housing Act 2004 at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court according to Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The court heard how a fire
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23Jul2016

Dealing with electrical fire hazards

Technology can sometimes be a double-edged sword, allowing us to work more efficiently and make everyday living less arduous, but the use of electrical equipment also brings with it great risks that we must do our best to minimise. While the last few years have seen a fall in the number of fires caused by
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20Jul2016

Firm fined for fire safety breaches at care home

A care home business has been fined as much as £40,000, with a further £15,000 in costs, over breaches of fire safety regulations at a facility in Runcorn. Prosecutors allege that it put elderly clients in danger of losing their lives or being seriously injured in the event of a fire. Minster Care Management was
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15Jul2016

Students flee as St Clements tumble dryer catches fire

A tumble dryer burst into flames at a St Clements student accommodation flat on the 25th of June, resulting in the attendance of fire services, according to Oxford Fire and Rescue Service. The Service was called to Allan Bullock Close, following reports that a laundry room was on fire at around 10:30 pm. Firefighters from
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05Jul2016

Housing Association investigated over fire safety

A housing association has been put on the social housing regulator’s ‘watchlist’ following concerns over fire safety according to insidehousing. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is investigating Symphony Housing Group after the landlord reported concerns about its own procedures for fire risk assessments. The HCA has placed the landlord on its ‘gradings under review’ list,
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05Jul2016

Tenants Lives Endangered by ‘Penny Pinching’ Landlord

A landlord with as many as nineteen North East Lincolnshire properties has been accused of lying to police and operating as a “penny pinching profiteer”. The 53 year old faces prison after putting his tenants lives at risk, by failing to fulfil his responsibilities and have a fire risk assessment performed on his property. Grimsby
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27Jun2016

Nightclub owner fined for fire safety failings

A NIGHTCLUB owner has been ordered to pay over £8,000 after failing to respond to information requests by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service according to southwalesargus. District Judge Stephen Harmes found nightclub owner Nathan Jones guilty of two charges of ignoring fire service requests to complete safety investigations at the Vanilla Bar in Blackwood,
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14Jun2016

Chichester restaurant fined thousands for breaching fire safety laws

A Chichester restaurant has been fined thousands of pounds after being prosecuted for breaching fire safety laws according to Chichester Observer. The Wildwood restaurant chain plead guilty to four charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 following a fire safety inspection last month, after a complaint from a member of the public. The
  • 14 Jun, 2016
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13Jun2016

Milton Keynes guest house owner fined nearly £25000 for fire safety breaches

A Milton Keynes guest house owner has been fined nearly £25,000 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations according to onemk.co.uk Ms Nicole Harris, owner and responsible person of a house providing letting accommodation at 2 Titchmarsh Court, Oldbrook, appeared before Milton Keynes Magistrates Court for sentencing on Monday (June 6), and has been ordered
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25May2016

Fire safety and HMOs

An HMO is a House in Multiple Occupation; a property being shared by a minimum of three tenants that are not related to one another. All HMOs have to abide by the rules of the Housing Act 2004. The property needs to be properly managed and safe of course, and there are a number of
  • 25 May, 2016
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23May2016

Property management companies and fire safety

Property management companies tend to deal with a great variety of different building types, which have very different shapes, sizes and fire risks. The risk of fire in an apartment building is clearly very different to that in a school or a managed office block, and so the fire management procedures will be equally diverse.
  • 23 May, 2016
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20May2016

Student behaviour increases fire risks

The great majority of students at university regularly engage in activities that create a risk of fire in university halls or other forms of student accommodation, according to public insurance company Zurich Municipal, which has based its conclusions on research taken from a student panel via the National Union of Students Research Services. As many
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25Apr2016

Fire Service appeal to parents after multiple fires

A massive rise in fires that have been deliberately lit over the course of the Easter holidays has resulted in a plea being made to parents and guardians by the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. East Staffordshire witnessed an increase of a staggering 278 percent in relation to bin, grass and rubbish fires lit over
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21Apr2016

Evacuation and Rescues Follow London Hotel Fire

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated in London late on Friday 15th April after a fire broke out in a hotel, while three men had to be rescued and required treatment after becoming trapped in the blaze. Guests and staff at the Pembridge Palace Hotel in Bayswater in West London saw scores of firefighters
  • 21 Apr, 2016
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21Apr2016

Fire safety tips in student accommodation

If you are living, or are going to be moving to student accommodation, then it’s important to be aware of fire safety advice. No one wants to think that they will ever be in a fire, but if you ever find yourself in such a situation being aware of such pieces of advice could save
  • 21 Apr, 2016
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16Apr2016

Trader sold 100 mattresses that didn’t meet fire safety standards

A TRADER who sold more than 100 mattresses that failed fire safety standards has been spared an immediate jail sentence according to Bournemouth Echo. Patrick Furlong, of Portchester Road in Bournemouth, was found guilty by magistrates of supplying two mattresses and possessing 213 mattresses for sale which did not meet the requirements of the British
  • 16 Apr, 2016
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