London Fire Brigade warn night club owners of fire safety responsibilities

London Fire Brigade chiefs have warned the owners of clubs, pubs and restaurants in the London not to be complacent about fire safety, following the fire that killed 230 people in a Brazil nightclub.

The Fire Safety Order 2005,places responsibility for fire safety with business owners / responsible persons who are required to have up-to-date fire safety emergency plans, including a fire risk assessment, which take into account how people would evacuate from a premises in the event of a fire. London Fire Brigade inspects and carries out FRA audits in  thousands of commercial buildings each year, including nightclubs, and if business owners are complying with the FSO they can be fined or even sent to prison. A few years ago, one company was fined £542,000 including costs!

Following the tragic fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, London’s fire chiefs are asking business owners to check that their fire safety plans are up-to-date and that they have completed a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment of their business premises. Issues that need to be considered include:

• Staircases and corridors should be kept clear

• Fire exit doors must not be blocked or locked from the outside

• Exit routes should be well marked • Fire extinguishers – roughly one for every 200 sq metres of floor space

• Staff should be trained in what to do in the event of a fire including fire marshal training London and disabled fire evacuation training

London Fire Brigade are also asking the public  to report to their local fire station any potential breaches of fire safety laws or obvious fire risks, for example blocked fire escapes or overflowing rubbish.

Steve Turek, the London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Regulation, said: “The events in Brazil this weekend are a tragedy but they should act as a stark reminder to all business owners, and especially nightclub owners, that there is no room for complacency when it comes to fire safety. Businesses must be able to show that they have thought about how they will keep people safe if the worst should happen and they do have a fire.

“The London Fire Brigade regularly inspects the fire safety of nightclubs and thousands of other businesses. If people are breaking fire safety laws, we will have no hesitation in prosecuting them, which could result in a fine totalling tens of thousands of pounds or in the worst cases a prison sentence. Similarly, if people see things they think is a fire risk, tell the business’ owner and if they don’t do anything, tell the local fire station.”

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London Fire Brigade may accept emergency calls via Twitter

London Fire Brigade are considering accepting calls via social media forums such as Twitter a BBC report says. With the increase in ownership of smart phones, the LFB are looking at the possibility of mobilising fire engines and crews to calls made by persons using Twitter.

Although the LFB does not maintain its Twitter page over a 24 hour period there is a possibility that this may happen. It is not expected that many calls would come via this method as most phones have an immediate emergency call function.

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London Fire Brigade announces big drop in fire calls

The London Fire Brigade have revealed that the number of fire calls it attended last year was the lowest since records began in 1966. It also reported that fires calls have halved in the last ten years.

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Our favourite fire safety news feeds

Here is  a little list of our favourite news feed:

London Fire Brigade – latest news and campaigns

Fire Training London blog (updated daily)

Info4fire news page

In additon there are some great social network sites including LFBs Twitter feed and facebook. Also check out Fire Training London facebook page (just started) and City Fire Training facebook page.

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We like these fire sites

Yes – we run a fire safety site and blog but we do find websites that we really like that are full of information that is useful for managers. If you want information about how to carry out a fire risk assessment, what is included in a fire emergency plan or info on the latest fires and prosecutions that try these sites:

London Fire Brigade, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Info4fire

The need to identify types of fire training in the fire emergency plan

One of our sessions on our City Fire Training  fire marshal training London describes the content of a fire emergency plan as required by London Fire Brigade. One part asks for details of fire training required. Here is what we think you should include in your fire emergency plan:

  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Fire marshal training
  • Training for those who act as buddies or assist with evacuation procedures for disabled persons
  • Those who call the fire service
  • The contents of the fire emergency plan and significant findings
  • Training for temporary workers – What will the content before someone who works for the organisation for 1 or 2 days and what will someone who works for a few months receive
  • Fire drills – Frequency
  • Those with responsibilities in the fire evacuation plan such as those who liaise with the fire service, incident controllers, caretakers, first aiders etc

It may be beneficial for the responsible person to receive some sort of training on how a fire risk assessment is carried out. This will allow them to understand the process and carry out their own fire safety audits against the FRA at regular intervals. For FRA mentoring contact London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants for fire risk assessments London.

We pick our favourite fire information sites!

So where do we go if we want the latest news in the fire industry? Here are a few of our favourite websites and blogs:

London Fire Brigade


Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

City Fire Training

These websites will provide you with the very latest fire safety news including latest incidents in London and essex, fire safety prosecutions, fire risk assessments London news and fire safety training courses such as fire marshal courses london.

Keep a look out on this blog for more great sites and blogs.