Fire chiefs warn over safety in pubs
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
There is an inadequate level of fire safety in pubs and other licensed premises, such as a lack of fire safety signs, officials in North Wales have warned.
After carrying out recent inspections of premises, the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said that major fire safety deficiencies could jeopardise the safety of customers and employees.
Safety is especially paramount over the festive and new year period, given the large numbers of people visiting pubs and clubs.
Establishments should check escape routes and fire exits, test alarms and ensure staff are properly trained to know what to do in the event of a fire.
"The number of premises with an insufficient or lack of fire risk assessment is frightening," Mark Kassab, business education manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said.
"Other problems we have found are blocked or locked fire exits, inadequately serviced and tested fire alarms and emergency lights, poor standards of housekeeping and a lack of fire safety management," he added.
Mr Kassab added that the service has the power to issue enforcement notices and close premises when there are unacceptable levels of safety.
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