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Fire safety seminars’ success 3 April 2007

MORE than 200 people attended the flat fire safety seminars staged by the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service this month.

The free briefings were targeted at people who own or let flats, as well as property developers and lawyers who undertake conveyancing work, to enhance local knowledge of the fire safety regulations with regard to flats.

Fire safety officers repeatedly see evidence that people are not complying with the regulations. Failing to comply can have tragic consequences and individuals can be liable. Severe fines and penalties have been imposed upon owners of flats and responsible persons by the Courts. The officers are actively inspecting premises containing flats and giving advice as required. Compliance with the Flat Regulations 1996 is a requirement to ensure the safety of the occupants in this type of premises from the outbreak of fire.

Station Officer Willie Cowley co-ordinated the recent safety seminars. He said:

‘We had more than 200 people attend the four sessions, and we were very pleased with the positive feedback. The vast majority rated it very good or excellent and said they would attend other fire safety seminars in the future. We’re now planning to take the seminar to the Island’s local authorities – who are also landlords. The first will be for Ramsey Commissioners and their tenants, probably at the end of the month (April), following an invitation from the board.
‘The purpose of this safety seminar is to highlight the dangers of fire in flats and what can and should be done to prevent one.’

The Fire Safety Department has a dedicated Flats Team who provide advice free of charge. They can be contacted on 647328 or via email to the Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters on iomfire@gov.im.

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