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Business Avoids Major Fire Following Safety Visit

Andy and Cheryl Greenwood, owners of the Wight Mouse Inn in Chale, Isle of Wight, saved their business from devastation thanks to a visit from local fire fighters to share fire safety advice.

During a routine inspection, the officer recommended a change to the fire alarm system which meant that when a tumble dryer caught light, the fire was quickly detected and dealt with.

Andy Greenwood said: “During a routine inspection of our fire safety equipment and in house procedures Bob recommended that our heat detectors should be changed to smoke detectors in all the relevant locations. We promptly took this advice and believe that these changes raised the alarm more quickly thus preventing what could have been a serious situation.

“We strongly believe that it is due to this recommendation that our business was saved from serious damage with no casualties.

“The fire was caused by a faulty tumble dryer and we have since written to the manufacturer to inform them of the incident in the hope that it will help others to avoid the same experience.”

Howard Watts, group manager at the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This is a great example of how our service is working with local businesses to provide advice and recommendations to help prevent fires and keep our communities safe.

“Bob is one of a team of fire safety officers who have specialist roles in providing information and advice to businesses, he has over 20 years experience and his professionalism is a credit to the service.

“In this case Andy and Cheryl deserve a lot of credit for their prompt response to the recommendations of our fire safety officer which meant that a serious fire was avoided, nobody was injured and damage to the business was minimal.

“It also highlights the importance of fire safety regulations and for businesses to work with us to ensure that they take all appropriate fire precautions.”

The Importance of Fire Safety

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) requires all businesses with five or more employees to carry out an appropriate fire risk assessment (FRA). An FRA will assess your premises and recommend the next steps to take in order to fully protect your business. Assured are experts in FRAs and can tailor a package to your business requirements which also complies with the RRO.

To arrange your FRA give us a call on 0845 402 3045 and we’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, for more information regarding FRAs you can visit our website.

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