Pre Christmas fire safety inspections in shops and licensed premises
In the lead up to Christmas, fire safety inspectors from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service will
be checking local shops and licensed premises.
Group Manager Julian Parsons, from the Technical Fire Safety department, said: “It is our experience
that, during the run up to Christmas, shops carry a lot more stock than normal. This can lead to exits and
escape routes on shop floors and store rooms being obstructed or blocked off completely - which obviously puts
staff and customers at risk. I would urge managers to ensure that their fire risk assessments are up to date
and that the effect of extra stock is assessed.”
He added: “Another area of concern is pubs and clubs, as the festive season has a greater likelihood
for such places to become overcrowded. This is particularly dangerous - there are lots of case studies from
all over the world where there have been multiple fatalities caused by fires in overcrowded licensed premises.
All managers should make sure that their fire risk assessments are up to date, and that the proper systems
and procedures are in place to ensure their establishments do not become overcrowded. In particular, they
should check that their fire escape routes and exits are unobstructed and freely available during
To check that this advice is being followed, fire safety inspectors will be undertaking a number of
unannounced inspections throughout Wiltshire and Swindon during December.
A range of information about the work of the Technical Fire Safety department and the requirements of
the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 can be found at