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Durham Care Home Residents not Protected From Fire

A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the Highfield House Residential Home in Durham found a number of failings regarding fire safety. It found that there was no overall evacuation plan to inform staff about the steps to take in the event of a fire. The signs placed around the home to direct people were also contradictory. Signage in the dining area directed people away from a designated fire exit one metre away and through two rooms into the garden.

The home did have personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for residents. However, these contradicted the signage in their bedrooms and further different signage in communal rooms. The PEEPs required staff to take residents out of their individual bedrooms into the garden and up stone steps to the car park at the front of the house. However, the report found that there were a number of combustible materials blocking the route such as rubbish and furniture.

Highfield House failed to seek or implement fire safety guidance such as HM Government Guide to Fire Safety Risk Assessment. Resulting in residents being left at serious risk in the event of a fire. Assured currently look after a number of clients within the residential care home sector including Mencap and Golden Lane Housing. Therefore we are best placed to ensure your business stays compliant with fire safety regulations.

If you need more information about staying compliant with regulations why not give us a call 0845 402 3045. Alternatively, you can send us an email and we’ll get straight back to you.

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