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More Advice for Hotel and Guest House Owners

It's been a quick year!  It doesn't seem 5 minutes since New Year, when we were looking at 2012 and all the events that are on - the Jubilee, Euro 2012, 2 family weddings and of course the Olympics.

We are now only a month or so away from London 2012, where the capital will see tens of thousands of tourists and sports enthusiasts descending on the UK.  Kent Fire and Rescue service has published advice to help hotel and guest house owners make sure that their fire safety is up to standard, stamdrds which apply at all times, not just for a special event such as the Olympics:

"Kent fire safety inspectors are checking that hoteliers and B&B owners are limbering up for this summer’s London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

With Kent expecting to play host to an increased number of visitors and travellers, fire safety officers are reminding temporary accommodation owners and existing hoteliers of their responsibilities.

Fire safety law applies to you if anyone pays to stay in your property, other than to live there as a permanent home. For example, if you provide:

  • guest accommodation in small premises, such as B&Bs, guest houses, farmhouses, inns and restaurants with rooms;
  • self-catering accommodation, such as houses, cottages, chalets, flats and holiday caravans;
  • or hostels or small bunkhouses.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Technical Fire Safety, John Robertson, said: “This by no means the full list but, as a rule, if your premises are significantly larger than a family home, or if there are long, unusual or complicated routes to an exit, you will probably need more detailed advice on the range of fire safety arrangements that you need to consider.”

The law introduced in October 2006 – known as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – makes you responsible for taking steps to protect the people using your premises from the risk of fire. You must:

  • carry out a fire risk assessment and consider your significant findings
  • make necessary improvements to your fire safety measures
  • keep the risks, and your fire safety measures, under review"..cont

If you need fire safety advice, Fire Risk Assessments or staff training, give FSS Ltd a call on 01246 434 314.

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