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Information for guest accommodation providers during F1 2018 British Grand Prix

Information for guest accommodation providers during F1 2018 British Grand Prix

Officers from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind Grand Prix visitors paying to stay in any building providing guest accommodation, the law is there to protect them.

Fire safety legislation states that owners need to provide a safe environment, which includes assessing the risks of fire within their property.

Even if visitors are paying to stay in someone's home, the property owner must comply with the law on fire safety and carry out a risk assessment.

A fire in a small building can be just as dangerous as a fire in a larger property. Nearly all those who die in fires in this country are within domestic premises.

For example, fire safety law applies to those providing:

  • guest accommodation in small premises, such as bed and breakfasts, guest houses, farmhouses, inns and restaurants with rooms
  • self-catering accommodation such as houses, cottages, chalets, flats and holiday caravans
  • accommodation in hostels or small bunkhouses

What should paying guests expect?

Scott Richards, Community Protection Manager for NFRS, said: "We hope everyone has a great time at the Silverstone Grand Prix, but want to make sure people who are coming to the county and staying in paid-for, guest accommodation, know something about the fire safety legislation in place to protect them.

"It is important to know that premises need a way to detect fire and give occupants warnings so they can escape. Properties similar to a family home (for example, two or three storeys) are likely to need automatic fire or smoke alarms that run from the mains electricity (with battery back-up) and are linked together so when one activates, they all do."

Guests should be aware of the evacuation procedure in case of a fire as it is likely they will react more quickly if they have been told how to escape in an emergency. NFRS recommends visitors always discuss these details with their accommodation providers on arrival.

Exit doors, such as the front or back door, should always be easy to unlock and must not need a key to unlock from the inside.

Signs are only required where they are needed. In small buildings, the escape route and the front door are likely to be obvious, so there may not be a need for emergency exit signs.

Anyone with concerns about a particular property or those who have questions about fire safety legislation can ring 01604 797 000 and ask for the Fire Protection Department or email enquiries@northantsfire.gov.uk.

The F1 2018 British Grand Prix is just one time in the sporting calendar when some local residents choose to open up their properties, renting out rooms or even entire houses.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) would like to remind homeowners that fire safety law also applies to them if anyone pays to stay in their property, other than to live there as a permanent home.

For example, fire safety laws apply to those providing:

  • guest accommodation in small premises, such as bed and breakfasts, guest houses, farmhouses, inns and restaurants with rooms
  • self-catering accommodation, such as houses, cottages, chalets, flats and holiday caravans
  • accommodation in hostels or small bunkhouses

Fire Safety law

Scott Richards, NFRS Community Protection Manager, said: "The law will apply to you when you let out a room in your own home as guest accommodation, even if you only do it occasionally.

"No two properties are the same and so adequately managing the risk from fire means considering a bespoke approach, based on the individual circumstances of your premises. That is why we believe, in most cases, it is the owners who are the best placed to consider and address the risks, using their common sense supplemented, if necessary, with some specific technical advice."

A guidance document aimed at supporting small hospitality businesses to comply with legal requirements has been produced. It offers helpful and straightforward information on what you are likely to need to think about to ensure an adequate level of fire safety is in place in your property.

Posted: Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:52 by James Laband

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