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Warning over fire fines

PUBLISHED: 11:02 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 25 August 2010

RECORD fines issued for flouting fire safety have prompted calls for owners to be more vigilant.

RECORD fines issued for flouting fire safety have prompted calls for owners to be more vigilant.

London Fire Brigade is warning business and premises owners that by not paying attention to fire safety laws, they are not only putting lives at risk but could also face heavy fines.

Owners were fined £1,039,678 in 2009, the largest total since The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order came into force in October 2006. London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: "Over a million pounds in fines shows how serious the courts are taking fire safety, and now its time for the responsible persons at these premises to understand that ensuring buildings are safe for all the people that use them is not an optional task.

"When we are informed about fire safety issues or find them as part of our inspection programme, we will act."

London Fire Brigade carries out over 14,000 fire inspections each year. Breaches of safety have included buildings that do not have an adequate fire risk assessment, blocked fire exits, inadequate fire alarms and poor training for staff.

Visit www.london-fire.gov.uk for more information

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