Care home hit with a £40,000 fine for major fire safety breaches

A care home in Alsager, Cheshire was fined £40,000 after multiple fire safety breaches in early December.

The serious fire safety breaches made by Lavender Home Residential House put residents and staff at huge risk.

The care home, which cares for the elderly and those with dementia suffered a £40,000 fine in addition to £13,626 in admin costs. The fine given was heard in court after the home was putting people at risk of serious harm and potential death.

The fine was a result of a fire safety audit carried out by Cheshire Fire and Rescue, undertaken in 2016. The audit remarked that ceiling was missing, exposed floorboard and various pipework unprotected from the risk of fire.

A prohibition notice and an enforcement notice were served on the care home. After only making slight changes to the specified breaches, authorities took further action. The lack of attention to the seriousness of the fire safety risks, therefore, led to court action.

Cheshire Fire and rescue commented:

“Establishments where people sleep and may need assistance to get out in the event of a fire are especially significant and fire safety must be treated as a priority.

“In the case of Lavender House Residential Home Ltd, a lack of fire safety precautions were putting the lives of elderly and vulnerable residents at risk.”

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