Licenced venues urged to tighten up on fire safety

Pub, club and restaurant owners have been urged to tighten up on fire safety to ensure staff and customers are properly protected against potential tragedy.

The call came from IOSH’s Fire Risk Management Group who have highlighted that, in some licenced premises, there are accidents waiting to happen.

IOSH also urged pub, bar, club, restuarant and hotel businesses to ask for advice on how to protect their staff, customers and premises against the risk of fire. A spokesman said ” We know that many businesses feel that fire safety is a daunting task, but we’re finding that there are accidents just waiting to happen in many licenced premises. Any business needs a proper fire risk assessment and a strategy for getting patrons out of their premises as quickly as possible. The human, financial and reputational costs of dealing with ramifications of a serious fire far outweight the cost of robust fire safety management”.

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