A care home company has been hit with fines and costs totaling £42,966 for breaking fire safety laws following a blaze at a residential care home in Penge, in 2013 which left an elderly woman seriously injured.
GCH (Burrow House) Ltd, which runs Burrows House care home on Derwent Road, was sentenced for three offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Croydon Crown Court following the successful prosecution by the London Fire Brigade.
The company was fined £10,000 for each offence under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and full court costs of £12,966 – a total of £42,966.
Adrian Gouldin Bsc (Hons) MRICS GIFireE reports on evacuation issues associated with residential care homes and suggests assessments that should be carried out.
The evacuation of care homes in case of fire is often difficult, as a high proportion of the residents are usually either physically or neurologically impaired (or both).
Whilst progressive evacuation is the preferred fire evacuation strategy for care homes, (moving residents to relatively safe fire compartments within the home rather than immediately evacuating all to an external area) the golden 2 ½ minute initial evacuation time for the affected room remains of key importance.
NASHiCS is pleased to announce that the Additional Guidance for fire safety in residential care homes has been updated and is now available.
The additional guidance was produced by the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) and the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) to accompany the Communities and Local Government (CLG) guide, entitled Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Residential Care Premises. The CLG guide was published so operators knew how to comply with the Fire Safety Order (FSO) 2005.