The former owner of Cutlers Hotel in Sheffield has been jailed for eight months after 5 breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The case was brought following a fire safety inspection which discovered the absence of a working fire alarm. A Prohibition Notice was served and the 45-room hotel was closed to guests. During a second inspection three days later the following further fire safety law breaches were discovered.

  • Failure to have a suitable fire risk assessment
  • Failure to ensure the premises were equipped with appropriate fire detectors and alarms
  • Failure to provide adequate emergency lighting
  • Failure to provide adequate training to staff

The importance of fire safety is not to be taken lightly, not least because of the danger breaches of the regulation can cause, but also because more and more businesses are being prosecuted and given severe jail sentences and/or fines.

The Fire Safety Order applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales and not just hotels. Rules include carrying out a risk assessment and implementing and maintaining a fire management plan.