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BUSINESS owners in Scarborough are this week being warned that they could face prosecution if they breach fire safety laws.

The warning has been issued by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and it has urged owners of business premises to pay attention to their obligations within fire safety regulations.

Watch Manager Graeme Casper, of Scarborough Fire Station, said that they could be putting lives and livelihoods at risk –and warned they could also face court-imposed fines.

“The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) is legislation that covers all premises other than domestic dwellings and certain special exemptions and its purpose is to protect occupants from fire. It is important that business owners are aware of the legislative requirements that they need to comply with.”

The service carries out around 2000 audits in business premises each year and these audits look at the fire risk assessment which the person responsible for the business is obliged to ensure has been conducted. The audit also checks the findings of the fire risk assessment against the fire safety measures that are in place within the premises.

Mr Casper said: “The majority of business premises that we visit are well-managed, however, we continue to find buildings where the legislation does apply, which do not have adequate fire risk assessments or fire safety provisions.

“North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to improving fire safety standards and are organising a series of information seminars throughout the county in 2011. The numbers are limited and they are free of charge,”

There will be two seminar at Scarborough Fire Station on Friday. March 18, from 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm.

To register an interest people are advised to either email: business.requests@northyorksfire.gov.uk or contact (01723) 374433.

Mr Casper said: “For householders, we also carry out free Home Fire Safety Checks to provide fire safety advice and fit smoke alarms, if necessary, at a time to suit you.”

To book a home visit contact the Fire Safety Advice Line on (01609) 788545 or visit www.northyorksfire.gov.uk