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May 26, 2009

Fire Safety Warning Issued to Restaurants

Filed under: Fire Safety — Adrian @ 10:27 am

A fire caused by serious breaches in fire safety regulations has resulted in a £17,000 fine and a warning issued to the owners.

In 2007 a fire broke out at Sollys Restaurant in Golders Green and fire crew members indentified nine breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order as well as staff members attempting to tackle the fire themselves, stopping to collect personal belongings or simplyrunning around in confusion.

The fire destroyed the roof of the restaurant and required six fire engines and 30 fire fighters to control. During this time various hazards were discovered by the firefighters including a locked emergency exit, an absence of smoke and fire detection devices and obstructed escape routes.

The assistant commissioner for fire safety regulation said the lack of a clear fire plan could put peoples lifes at risk. All premises owners and operators must make themselves aware of the regulations, to undertake a fire safety risk assessment, act upon its findings and put in place an emergency plan.

The fire was found to be caused by the inadequate cleaning of the kitchen extract ventilation system.

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