Care home owners fined almost £5,000 under Regulatory Reform Order

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The owners of a care home in Rochdale have been fined almost £5,000 after failing to provide adequate fire safety measures, including not conducting a sufficient fire risk assessment.

In April last year, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service found a number of failings in the establishment's fire safety measures: including failing to keep emergency routes clear and not providing adequate fire escape route marking.

Earlier this month (February 3rd), Lily Care Ltd was fined £4,688 for the deficiencies, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Steve McGuirk, the county fire officer and chief executive of the service, said the role of the fire brigade is two-fold when it comes to preventative fire safety.

"We always support businesses that work to make their premises safe for people to use," he said.

"But we are also willing to take actions to protect the people of Greater Manchester where business owners and managers choose not to treat fire safety as a legitimate business requirement."

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