Fire risk inspections identify issues at nightclubs

Fire risk inspections identify issues at nightclubs from Vulcan Fire Training Co Ltd

By: Vulcan Fire Training Co Ltd  23/07/2013
Keywords: Risk Assessments, Fire Risk Assessments, fire safety training

A recent programme of targeted inspections of nightclubs by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has helped to demonstrate the importance of professional fire risk assessor training for companies in the leisure industry. Two nightclubs were served with prohibition notices following the inspections, while interim measures were imposed on another two and a further 41 follow-up visits were arranged to check improvements had been made. Officers undertook the inspections in a bid to avoid a disaster of the type seen in Santa Maria, Brazil in January this year, when 242 people were killed when a fire swept through an overcrowded nightclub and blocked doors prevented patrons fleeing to safety. It was the latest in a long line of notorious fatal nightclub fires, such as the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, USA in 1942 which killed 492 people, the Hollywood Supper Club fire in Cincinnati, USA in 1991 which killed 168 people, and the Lame Horse fire in Perm, Russia in 2009 which left 156 people dead. Graham Holloway, managing director of Vulcan Fire Training, said the correct training for staff and implementation of proper safety procedures could help to cut the risk of such tragedies being repeated. “Suitable fire safety management systems including fire risk assessment, fire emergency plans, training staff, fire evacuation drills and suitable maintenance regimes would greatly help to reduce this death toll,” he explained. Fire Risk Assessor courses from Vulcan Fire Training provide staff with the knowledge they need to identify and deal with fire risks in small and medium-sized premises. In addition to learning how to identify hazards, carry out risk assessments, improve safety and compile a fire emergency plan, delegates are taught how to complete relevant documentation and given an overview of current UK fire legislation. Failure to comply with fire safety legislation can lead to significant disruption for businesses, as a number of the nightclubs inspected in West Yorkshire discovered. One of the clubs was served with a prohibition notice after a defective fire alarm system was discovered, although it was able to open again the following night following the installation of a new automatic fire alarm. A second prohibition notice was served on another club restricting use of the premises to the ground floor, due to issues identified with the fire exits on the first floor. Officers discovered a number of minor issues at other clubs, which resulted in two enforcement notices being issued and follow-up inspections being arranged for 41 of the 85 clubs visited.

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