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Britain’s Mills at Risk of Fire

Recently, Britain’s mills have become at risk of fire. The landlord of Broadclough mill in Bacup, Lancashire has been fined £5,000 for showing “blatant disregard” for the safety of his tenants. Mr Laurence Daw was found to be breaching a number of fire safety regulations at the property. Including, combustible materials blocking the escape route, inadequate emergency lighting, no fire risk assessment (FRA) and unacceptable locks on fire exits.

A fire service spokesman commented on Mr Daws’ situation: “Although every effort was made to meet with Mr Daw at Broadclough Mill and assist him to ensure compliance with the Enforcement Notice by the specified dates, Mr Daw failed to attend on any occasion.

“Mr Daw eventually contacted the fire service on the day the Enforcement Notice should have been complied with in full. This was five months after it was issued. On further inspection of the mill by fire safety officers it was found that none of the works required to ensure the safety of the occupants had been completed.”

A different mill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire was targeted by arson last week and destroyed by the fire. The textile mill was founded in 1827 and remained in use until 1983. A resident of the town said “the noise of the roof bursting into flames and the floors of the mill collapsing” woke him up. The fire service later reported that “it was a very substantial and established fire.”

Fire is a very real threat to Britain’s historical buildings, don’t let it be your premises next. Keep your FRA up to date to ensure your business is as safe from fire as possible. If you require more information about what an FRA involves why not give us a call on 0845 402 3045.

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