Chip Shop Fire Risk Assessment

Chip Shop Fire Risk Assessment

UK chippies are gambling with their future by cutting back on vital safety work.

Take-aways, under increasing pressure from the double-dip recession, are looking to save money by putting off fire risk assessments and cutting back on vital maintenance and investment in safety measures. This is putting their businesses in danger of a devastating blaze – and at risk of a hefty fine for failing to comply with fire safety laws.

The owner of a fish and chip shop in Brighton has just been fined £21,000 after pleading guilty to breaching six fire safety regulations. They were discovered after a fire broke out in the property. The cafe had no emergency lighting and only one domestic standard smoke alarm, which was not working properly.

A fire risk assessment had not been carried out in the property and staff had not been given any fire safety training.

By not conducting a fire risk assessment, understanding the fire safety measures a shop needs and then creating a plan to implement shop owners are vulnerable to potential prosecution from the enforcing authority, and with fines averaging around £3,000 per offence the fines can mount up very quickly.

Conducting a fire risk assessment on your chip shop highlights what are the minimum standards of fire safety you need to apply are and the time frames you should apply them. Professional Help is available to small retail outlets and takeaways from as little as £195.

Call 01524 784356 to book your fire risk assessment today!

This article is featured in the latest issue of the Fish Friers Review.

The Fish Friers Review magazine is the members journal of the National Federation of Fish Friers and is distributed to all members of the Federation as a benefit of membership.  Membership of the Federation is strictly restricted to individuals and companies who are proprietors of fried fish businesses.

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