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Conversation with the Lancashire Fire Authority

Hundreds of people across Lancashire are putting visitors to the county at risk by renting out their homes for major events.

We spoke to the county’s fire authority ahead of last week’s Open golf championships in Lytham due to a number of people renting properties without carrying out fire checks.

We are aware of a number of incidents where people have attempted to cash in on major events by renting properties, risking heavy fines and even a jail term, so we wanted to discuss this issue.

Events such as the Preston Guild may encourage people to rent out rooms without the proper checks. The Corporate Games in Preston recently was another one which attracted a lot of visitors to the city and the Guild will do the same. Whenever hotel accommodation is at a premium due to a major event, the temptation is there for people to use their properties to make easy money.

The large number of events happening throughout the county during 2012 needs to be a wake-up call for hoteliers and bed-and-breakfast operators to review practices.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 failing to carry out the necessary checks can bring fines of up £5,000 for each offence and up to two years in jail.

It makes sense to look at the systems you have in place around fire safety. The reality is that failing to do so could cost someone their life.

The LEP ran a piece on this, you can view it here...

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