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Hotel fire prompts reminder over business safety

Date : 29 July 2019


A fire at a hotel in Eastbourne is prompting a reminder over the importance of fire safety for businesses.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 20.09 on Sunday 28 July 2019 to reports of a fire in a third floor bedroom of The Strand Hotel on Royal Parade.

Four fire engines attended the scene.

Two breathing apparatus were used along with CO2 and a hose reel jet.

Everyone was accounted for and there were no reports of injuries. 

The power was isolated.

A fire investigation was carried out and the fire has been deemed accidental.

Safety advice 

The main fire safety law for England and Wales is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

As a business, all hotels should have proper fire safety measures in place.

These include carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment which:

  • Identifies hazards such as sources of ignition
  • Identities people at risk if there is a fire, such as guests or staff
  • Evaluate the risk and take action – can you remove items to reduce the risk  of fire?
  • Record your risk assessment, create a plan, and inform, instruct and train your staff and guesst know what to do in case of emergency
  • Review your risk assessment regularly  

Primary Authority 

As an owner, manager or operator of a business, charity or other organisation, regulatory requirements can be daunting, confusing and difficult to put into context for your business.

To help you comply with fire safety law, we offer Primary Authority Partnerships to provide reliable and consistent regulatory support.  

For more information and advice, please go to www.esfrs.org/business


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