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DOZENS of care homes in Oldham, Bury and Rochdale are now more informed about fire safety thanks to a campaign by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
Around 100 residential care home owners and senior managers attended awareness sessions recently provided by Fire Safety Officers Keith Richmond and Jon Hill.
The aim of the campaign was to directly target the responsible person, or people, of the care homes to ensure they are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005.
The presentations featured a case study about the tragic incident at Rose Park Care Home in South Lanarkshire where a fire claimed the lives of 14 residents in 2004.
GMFRS Station Manager Paul Whittaker said: “We used the Rose Park incident to show people what can go wrong, highlight the potential for a fire and explain what is expected of them if a fire does occur.
“The officers promoted and delivered the events over a number of sessions for each of the boroughs – clearly explaining fire safety breaches in an easy-to-understand format – and they received an excellent response.
“The half-day sessions covered requirements for fire risk assessments, evacuation procedures, emergency action plans, staff training, sprinkler and mist systems, as well as information relating to people at increased risk of fire.”
The presentations also covered the hazards associated with care homes such as the use of air inflated mattresses, oxygen cylinders and e-cigarettes.
This week, GMFRS protection staff have visited a variety of businesses across Greater Manchester as part of Business Safety Week, which aims to help businesses manage their risk, complete fire risk assessments and provide guidance on business continuity.