Fire safety on the menu

Restaurants, cafes and takeaways are being reminded to put fire safety on the menu as Cleveland Fire Brigade staff are out and about across Cleveland to “inform and warn” about the standards required.

They will be offered free help and advice and given a check list to ensure they have the right ingredients to protect their premises from fire.

The scheme runs during Business Week (Sept 10 to Sept 17) and is a chance to comply with the legislation – Regulatory Reform  (Fire Safety) 2005 –  prior to Fire Safety Audits being carried out later in the year.

Alan Brown, Legislative Enforcement Officer, Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “If you run a food business you are responsible for fire safety. This includes reducing the risk of a fire by identifying hazards, maintaining equipment, training staff, reviewing procedures and having a safe escape route.

 “There are additional requirements where there is living accommodation above business premises. Our staff will be on hand to give advice and ensure everyone has fire safety as a top priority. Prevention is better than prosecution.”

The top three causes of fires in restaurants and takeaways are kitchen appliances, dirty ducting and electrical faults.  Food businesses failing to comply with regulations face unlimited fines, imprisonment or prohibit the use of the premises.

For further advice go to www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/safety/business/