A fine of over £10,000 has been issued to a businessman in Hampshire for breaching fire safety regulations at a holiday cottage.

Charges included failure to provide a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, failure to provide an appropriate means for giving the alarm in case of fire, failure to protect the escape routes from the first floor of the premises and failure to ensure that a fire exit door could be easily and immediately opened in an emergency.

The case was brought by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service following an inspection of the property.

The fine totaling £10,750 was issued after the businessman admitted the charges.

Head of Community Safety for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief officer Neil Odin said:

‘This case clearly demonstrates that we will apply the law to help ensure the safety of our community.

‘We work closely with businesses to help them with their duty to comply under the regulatory reform fire safety order, but where their responsibilities are not taken seriously the service will always consider prosecution.

‘We would like this case to act as a timely reminder to business owners and landlords throughout Hampshire that the fire safety order is in place. 

‘The safety of the public is our primary concern and should come before profit.

‘Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to utilise all the powers available to us in enforcing fire safety legislation.’

Source: www.dailyecho.co.uk

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