Firms skimping on fire safety

Andover Advertiser: Firms skimping on fire safety Firms skimping on fire safety

MORE than two-thirds of Hampshire businesses inspected in the last 12 months have failed a fire safety audit, a new report has revealed.

The research suggests firms around the county are “gambling with their future by cutting back on vital safety work”.

Hampshire-based independent fire expert Safety Management (UK) has compiled a study showing 972 of the 1,390 premises audited by fire chiefs in the year to March were found to be unsatisfactory.

Managing director Brian Gregory said: “Often business owners and managers feel that by having fire extinguishers in place and have a fire detection system in their building they are covered.

“But critically, unless the assessment is completed by a competent person, there is no guarantee that the fire detection is the right system for the building.

“Small businesses are feeling the pressure of the recession and they are looking to save money where they can, but putting fire safety to the bottom of their priorities is a false economy.”

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4:12pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Torchie1 says...

A huge number of private dwellings would fail an audit on their internal wiring because the regulations change constantly. They are still quite safe but they don't comply with todays requirements as Mr Gregory is well aware but his business doesn't rely on that thread of logic.
A huge number of private dwellings would fail an audit on their internal wiring because the regulations change constantly. They are still quite safe but they don't comply with todays requirements as Mr Gregory is well aware but his business doesn't rely on that thread of logic. Torchie1
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4:14pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Employers may be saving money by not making required investment in precautions against fire, but they are gambling with the lives of their workers, which is most immoral.
Employers may be saving money by not making required investment in precautions against fire, but they are gambling with the lives of their workers, which is most immoral. Paramjit Bahia
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7:36pm Thu 27 Dec 12

huckit P says...

I offer that the line in the article (where it states "audited by fire chiefs..." is misleading. Fire Chief's do not audit premises. A Fire Chief is a rank title used by US fire departments whereas the UK F&RS use a mixture of office titles and a few different levels of officers. The most senior person is usually given the title of Chief Fire Officer (and would not go about his daily working time auditing shops and business.
This is all a bit of a marketing con and the Echo should be ashamed of itself.
If you want a proper fire safety assessment go to your local fire prevention of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
I offer that the line in the article (where it states "audited by fire chiefs..." is misleading. Fire Chief's do not audit premises. A Fire Chief is a rank title used by US fire departments whereas the UK F&RS use a mixture of office titles and a few different levels of officers. The most senior person is usually given the title of Chief Fire Officer (and would not go about his daily working time auditing shops and business. This is all a bit of a marketing con and the Echo should be ashamed of itself. If you want a proper fire safety assessment go to your local fire prevention of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. huckit P
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