Care homes fined after failing to comply with enforcement notices
Posted 01/07/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
The Devonia Care Home located in Emsworth has been given a £5,000 fine after breaching both an enforcement and prohibition notice. This is the second care
home in the week which has been fined following safety breaches.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Business Fire Safety Officers first become concerned about the care home following a visit in May 2015. On visiting the property, it was discovered that the premise didn’t have a safe evacuation plan, inadequate fire doors and lack of fire safety plans and risk assessments. Despite the fire service continuing to work with the home, the business owners failed to take action; this was discovered after a return visit by the fire service in November 2015.
Another care home, Croftwoord Care Home in Runcorn, was also found to be breaching four counts of the Fire Safety Order 2005 after failing to deal with the problems which were raised back in 2011. Minister Care Management which are responsible for the home were found to be caring out the following dangerous practices at the premise:
- Lack of appropriate fire safety assessment
- Ill-fitting doors and gaps around pipes and doorways which would allow fire/smoke to spread quicker
- No smoke and fire detector in roof space and some rooms
- Smoke detectors were not linked to a system
- Lack of suitable evacuation procedures in place
On a return visit in 2014, it was found that the care home had failed to make the improvements which had been outlined. They have therefore been ordered to pay £40,000 in fines as well as an addition £15,000 in costs.
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