Publicans criticised for 'shocking' ignorance about fire safety

By James Wallin

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The law requires fire safety reviews are carried out
The law requires fire safety reviews are carried out
Almost 40% of licensees are “playing Russian roulette with people’s lives” by failing to follow basic fire safety procedures, an expert has claimed.

A survey by fire assessment firm FireUK.co.uk found that 39% of hosts were unaware of the need for a fire risk assessment. However, the figures for pubs were better than the average for the 500 small businesses polled, with a total of 90% claiming they didn’t know an assessment was necessary.

"We're shocked to the core by these figures," said Mark Hall from FireUK.co.uk. "We thought we'd find a few companies that fell outside the law, not whole sectors of small business playing Russian roulette with people's lives."

He added: "The fact that some pubs don't know the law is terrifying. They're playing with fire, quite literally. There's a huge blind spot among business owners who don't know where their responsibilities lie."

The law requires that: all employers, business owners, or landlords take responsibility for fire safety in the workplace; that 'responsible person' must carry out fire reviews, identify risks and put safety measures in place; failure to do so can result in fines or even prison

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