Warning to Shropshire firms about fire risk

1st February, 2013

County firms can learn from the Brazil nightclub blaze, say Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Shropshire business owners should not be complacent about the risk of fires after the death of 233 people in a blaze at the nightclub in South America’s largest capital city.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Redmond has warned the owners of clubs, pubs and restaurants in Shropshire about the risk.

The responsibility for fire safety lies solely with business owners who are legally required to have up-to-date fire safety plans taking into account how people would escape in the event of a fire, he said.

After the tragic fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, fire chiefs are urging businesses to check their procedures and to ensure:

  • Staircases and corridors should be kept clear
  • Fire exit doors must not be blocked or locked from the outside
  • Exit routes should be well marked
  • Fire extinguishers – roughly one for every 200sq metres of floor space and one on each floor
  • Staff should be trained in what to do in the event of a fire

The Brazil blaze was “a stark reminder” for businesses, said Mr Redmond.

“There is no room for complacency when it comes to fire safety. Businesses must be able to show that they have thought about how they will keep people safe if the worst should happen and they do have a fire.

“Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service regularly inspects the fire safety of nightclubs and other businesses. If people are breaking fire safety laws, we will have no hesitation in prosecuting them.”