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FIRE SAFETY GUIDANCE ISSUED

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Guidance on fire risk assessment from the Department of Communities and Local Government has been welcomed by the E...
Guidance on fire risk assessment from the Department of Communities and Local Government has been welcomed by the English Community Care Association.

ECCA chief executive Martin Green says:

'Although timescales are short ECCA encourages all its members to acquaint themselves with the new guidance in advance of it coming into effect in October 2006. Fire risk assessment is crucial for all care homes and ECCA is working with Charles Hancock from Loughborough University and with FireCo to ensure that there is proper support in place for ECCA members to comply with this guidance and other regulation'.

The guidance is available here and has been written to provide guidance for a responsible person to help them carry out a fire risk assessment in residential care premises. It identifies some key duties and practicalities that need to be complied with.

Mr Green said:

'It has been proven time and time again that fire safety is not something that we can not afford to make mistakes with and this guidance will help providers update or reinforce their fire procedures.'

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