South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) have begun to urge business owners to look into their responsibilities regarding fire safety within their premise. This is following an increase in the number of prohibition notices being served since April 2015, with ten being served in the last year compared to just six in the previous two year period.
A prohibition notice is served when inspectors believe that a premise should be restricted or even prohibited as in the results of a potential fire could have serious consequences. This notice may be immediate or after a specified time and not allow the use of the building to return to normal until the outstanding issue has been corrected. Continued use is a criminal offence and may result in prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
It should be said that these notices are not served immediately, often services will engage with businesses in order to let them make improvements before it resorts to having to close part of the building or even a criminal prosecution. However, understandable the recent spiral of business being served notices is worrying.
There are a number of tips released by the fire service to help businesses, they include:
- Making sure fire exits are kept clear; stock should be stored away from fire escapes
- Ensure regular checks are made on fire alarm systems
- Complete a fire risk assessment
- Install sprinklers
If you are a business owner and are worried your property may not meet required regulations or are interested in applying the tips suggested above contact us today! You can call on 0191 5237870 or email [email protected]