Record fine handed to care home in breach of fire safety regulations

A record fine has been handed to a care home owner who put residents at risk through
fire safety

David Moseley and his firm DM Care were given a £35,000 fine after local fire services found several breaches of regulations following a fire last year.

The Ambassador Care Home in Lytham Road, South Shore, was found to have a Santa’s Grotto blocking an exit route by emergency services when the blaze started in January 2012, Blackpool Gazette reports.

Furthermore, no approved fire protection systems and alarms were in place, therefore leaving residents’ lives at risk.

While nobody was hurt in last year’s conflagration, 40 people in the care home had to be led to safety by firefighters during the incident.

In a court case held last month, DM Care was given a record fine for an incident such as this in Lancashire and the maximum that could have been imposed.

And speaking to the news provider following the sentencing, Paul Ratcliffe, protection support manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The sentencing of DM Care is the culmination of a fire safety inspection in the aftermath of a fire which disclosed significant breaches of fire safety regulations that the prosecuting magistrate said could so easily have resulted in the loss of life.

“The substantial total of fines with costs of £40,375 is the highest amount we have seen imposed in cases such as this in Lancashire.”

Furthermore, he added that he hoped the fine would be a powerful deterrent to those who do not impose fire safety on the premises they own and disobey the law.

Non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including care homes, must have a ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.