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Care Home Owner Prosecution Highlights Fire Safety

Putting your older relatives into a care home or nursing residence is often a terribly hard decision to make; with fears and regrets on both sides, along with a resigned acceptance that more professional care is needed.

Having entrusted an elderly loved one into the care of such a residence there is an automatic assumption that the owner, manager and all the staff members from the cook to the nurses will have a full understanding of the law of such establishments, and will adhere to them rigorously.

Few people expect to hear that their frail and infirm relatives have needed to be rescued from a fire in their new home, much less that such a fire was easily preventable and would not have happened had the owner of the property paid proper attention to fire safety rules and regulations.

This is exactly what happened in October 2012 when a fire broke out in Rangemore Care Home in Knutsford. The investigation, after the blaze which saw six frightened and elderly residents being rescued from the first floor of the building, found that the owner, a Mr Richard Dickinson, was guilty of flouting nine of the essential standards put in place to protect the residents of such establishments.

His licence to run a care home was revoked at this point, and Mr Dickinson pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a fire safety order and received a twelve-month suspended sentence. He also has to perform 200 hours of community service and pay fines totalling in the region of £70,000.00.

The judge, speaking in Chester Crown Court, lauded the work of the fire service, acknowledging that without their prompt and professional work the events of that night could have had a much more tragic ending.

The care home has now been renamed and is under new management with a new owner.

At Fire Seals Direct we have a full and complete understanding of fire safety legislation and can help you to make your office, home or building as safe and fire resistant as possible. If you have any queries, worries or questions, just pick up the phone and give us a call today; we can talk you through the various options available to you and help you to remain compliant with the latest laws and regulations on fire safety.

Do not forget that it is a requirement for all commercial buildings to have a fire risk assessment undertake. After all, there is no way to recover peace of mind in the event of a tragedy, so let us help you to sleep easily knowing that your building is as safe from disaster as possible.