Comply with fire regulations, Manx firms are told

The Majestic Chinese restaurant (formerly the Water Margin, Woodford's and Boncomptes).

The Majestic Chinese restaurant (formerly the Water Margin, Woodford's and Boncomptes).

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Business owners have been warned that ignoring fire regulations could cost them thousands of pounds in fines.

The fire service has issued a statement after the recent prosecutions of the owners of two businesses.

Isle of Man Fire Service

Isle of Man Fire Service

The owners of Bar George in Douglas were fined £6,500, while the owners of the Majestic restaurant in Onchan were ordered to pay fines totalling £8,000.

Chief fire officer Kevin Groom said: ‘The outcomes of these court cases serve as a serious warning of the consequences of not complying with the requirements and conditions of a fire certificate.

‘A number of fire safety contraventions were found by my inspecting officers during their visits, which at that time put the public and staff at an unacceptable risk from fire.’

The two cases involved a range of breaches including failing to record weekly fire alarm or emergency lighting checks in a log book, not keeping a fire alarm in working order and blocking a fire escape.

The offences came to light as part of regular fire safety checks.


Chris Thomas MHK, the politician at the Department of Home Affairs with responsibility for the fire service, said: ‘The focus of the department is on maintaining community safety and protecting vulnerable people.

‘Those who flout the law and persistently fail to maintain the required standards will be dealt with in an appropriate and proportionate manner.

‘Prosecution is a last resort, but public safety is always the paramount concern.’

The fire service says it places a strong emphasis on education and prevention and is always willing to offer practical advice and support.

Businesses and premises that hold existing fire certificates can contact the Fire and Rescue Service to obtain guidance and discuss any issues that may need to be addressed.

Mr Thomas said: ‘The fire and rescue service is very proactive and works closely with the business community to promote high standards.’

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