Two recent fires in hotels have highlighted the need for businesses to take Fire Safety seriously and to make increased efforts to manage the risks.
On Friday 2nd August, a Holiday Inn in Walsall was evacuated following a fire which quickly consumed much of the hotel. West Midlands Fire Service reported that the hotel had failed to install sprinklers despite having previously been advised to do so. This was the second chain hotel to be destroyed by fire after a Premier Inn in Bristol caught ablaze on 18th July.
Whilst it is fortunate that in both cases nobody was injured, they both could have had very different consequences. All hotels of any size have a legal duty to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment of their premises and to act on deficiencies noted within them to reduce the risks.