28 June 2018
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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.

Follow the department on Twitter @NFRSBizSafety.