11 May 2012

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is reminding anyone renting out accommodation during the Moto GP (14th to 17th June) or British Grand Prix (6th to 8th July) to make sure the premises are safe in case of fire.

Alongside the rest of the country, the fire and rescue service wants these events to be a great success for all involved. This success not only applies on the track, but also to the safety of visitors and spectators who stay in all types of accommodation in the build up to and during these events.

Community Protection Manager Baz Fox said, "Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is taking this opportunity to remind individuals who are renting out single rooms or indeed whole buildings during these events for payment that they have a legal duty and responsibility to ensure that the premises are safe in case of fire.

"This legal duty is a requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and it applies to virtually all premises unless they are being used as a private dwelling with no shared parts such as a hallway or staircase. This law is enforced by your local fire and rescue service."

For those responsible there are three essential things you need to do:

  • Make sure you’ve carried out a fire risk assessment of your property, and take action to address any significant risks you identify
  • Make sure you’ve got an adequate fire detection and warning system in place
  • Make sure there’s an adequate escape route and your guests know what to do if there’s a fire.

The government in partnership with the Chief Fire Officers Association has produced a booklet that is suitable for small premises being used as B & B or on a self-catering basis. This is available on the internet as a free download from the www.communities.gov.uk/publications/fire/payingguests website.

Existing hotel operators, bed and breakfast establishments and self-catering providers are also reminded that the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to them and that now is an excellent time to review and if necessary revise their fire risk assessment.