We strongly encourage anyone spotting any breach of practice to either engage with the premises manager or to notify the local fire brigade. Here are some examples and the cost to rectify the issues which have been sent in to Firescout.

With a lack of power comes a lack of responsibility

With a lack of power comes a lack of responsibility

Danger Score4.6/5

"Someone had removed that battery and not replaced it. At least it was obvious they had done it!"

Possible fine?Yes

Cost to remedy?£5.00

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Spotted:2012-11-06

Posted by:Jeff

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" " When smoke, carbon monoxide or heat alarms sound, there is a reason. If there is no fire or smoke setting it off, then it may need replacing or the battery changing. It's important you never leave the alarm unusable as they are often your first alert to a fire, especially while you sleep.

Silence is golden - but not safe

Silence is golden - but not safe

Danger Score3.9/5

"The fire alarm panel had been silenced, but not reset. Red lights were still showing."

Possible fine?Yes

Cost to remedy?£0.00

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Spotted:2012-10-30

Posted by:Jeff

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" " All fire safety devices should be used as the instructions and regulations state. A common problem in fire safety is not the lack of equipment, but the misuse of them. Be strict when it comes to maintaining, servicing and using all of them.

Retail outlet doesn't take stock of blocked fire exits

Retail outlet doesn't take stock of blocked fire exits

Danger Score3.9/5

"Several fire extis were blocked with the owner stating items were in transit. He will still be prosecuted under the Fire Safety Order for a serious breach like this."

Possible fine?Yes

Cost to remedy?£200.00

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Spotted:2012-10-22

Posted by:Anonymous

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" " As businesses grow, space can become limited, sometimes leading in fire safety being neglected. Fire exits should always be easily accessible with clear walkways and doorways that aren't blocked or locked.

Care not taken to replace loft hatch in home for the elderly

Care not taken to replace loft hatch in home for the elderly

Danger Score3.6/5

"I noticed that the fire resistant loft hatch was not replaced in a plant room in a care home for the elderly."

Possible fine?No

Cost to remedy?£0.00

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Spotted:2012-10-20

Posted by:Messy

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" " As with fire doors, fire resisting loft hatches should always be placed back in their original position after use. They are there to stop fire spreading to new locations. When a fire can escape through to the roof, the fire and smoke can quickly spread throughout the building, causing life threatening danger to occupants.

Fire safety not a fan of missing extractors

Fire safety not a fan of missing extractors

Danger Score3.1/5

"The filters to stop grease and fat in the ducting had been removed from the kitchen hood extract."

Possible fine?No

Cost to remedy?£100.00

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Spotted:2012-10-17

Posted by:Messy

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" " Keeping any device maintained, fire safety specific or otherwise, is crucial to avoid accidents and fire hazards. The build of residues inside vents, such as grease and dust, combined with heat, can cause serious, life-threatening fires. Service should be carried out on these devices, and they shouldn't be used again until they are back in their full working state.

Blocked exit uncovers fire safety childsplay

Blocked exit uncovers fire safety childsplay

Danger Score2.3/5

"The fire exit was blocked by numerous pushchairs and the fire extinguisher was found to be empty and not on the wall hook"

Possible fine?Yes

Cost to remedy?£60.00

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Spotted:2012-10-16

Posted by:Messy

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" " When escape routes are often used to store items, an alternative storage area should be provided. Fire extinguishers should be placed in the location they appear in your fire safety logbook and serviced regularly to make sure they are usable.

Poorly stored items in health facility

Poorly stored items in health facility

Danger Score3.7/5

"These items were being stored on a staircase via a fire escape route, and what's more there was evidence of smokers using the area."

Possible fine?Yes

Cost to remedy?£30.00

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Spotted:2012-10-13

Posted by:Messy

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" " Fire escape routes should be kept clear at all times, especially when it comes to combustible items, to minimize hazards to evacuees and to minimize the spread of fire. If there is evidence of smokers using an area they shouldn't, you can consider installing a cigarette smoke detector also.

Shower cap causes dirty fire safety

Shower cap causes dirty fire safety

Danger Score4.5/5

"I discovered that builders had left the dust cover on the smoke alarm after carrying out work 6 months previously."

Possible fine?Yes

Cost to remedy?£0.00

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Spotted:2012-10-09

Posted by:Messy

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" " Dust covers can be handy while maintenance and building work is being carried out that can cause dust and trigger or clog the alarm sesnsors, but these should be removed immediately when the work is finished. Regular smoke alarm tests should also be carried out by an appointed member of staff.

Fire safety swept under the carpet at care home

Fire safety swept under the carpet at care home

Danger Score4.1/5

"After smelling tobacco smoke I found that residents had used a gap in the floor covering as an ashtray!"

Possible fine?No

Cost to remedy?£25.00

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Spotted:2012-10-07

Posted by:Messy

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" " Unextinguished cigarette butts are a common cause of fiires. Even with fire retardant surfaces, over time the risk is increased when continually exposed to heat. If you suspect people are smoking in unofficial smoke areas, consider installing a cigarette smoke detector and applicable signage.

Adapting to a safer means of power

Adapting to a safer means of power

Danger Score3.9/5

"This extension lead exposed 3 multi-plug adaptors, each filled with plugs and more adaptors and plenty of flex, all insulated by the storage of excess files."

Possible fine?No

Cost to remedy?£50.00

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Spotted:2012-10-06

Posted by:Messy

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" " Chaining multiplug adaptors is a risk in itself, but placing objects over them will heat them up and increase the risk of a fire. If these items are easily combustible, the fire will spread very quickly in to the rest of the office. Always try to use a mains socket or a UPS where necessary, and keep the area tidy.