Yesterday I blogged about the frustration of seeing so many businesses where the owners just do not understnd or care about the importance of fire safety.
Clare Rizo of IFSEC published the following article, backing up this frustration:
Looking at the continuing stream of prosecutions, you get the distinct impression that a large proportion of the business sector just doesn't get fire safety. Regularly, those people we see in the courts are small operators in high-risk sectors: hotel owners, operators of guest houses, and landlords. Then of course there's the retail sector also routinely in the dock -- an industry in which individual managers take a large share of responsibility for standards at their own stores.
What these have in common is that the level of risk from fire is high -- either due to the presence of sleeping accommodation and/or the presence of the public. As any fire risk assessor will tell you, the prosecutions are the tip of the iceberg. There's plenty of evidence that a high proportion of businesses operate with very poor fire safety standards.
There seem to be a number of factors at play:
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