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Celebrity hair salon fined for ignoring fire safety laws


A West End hair salon has been fined 40,000 including costs for ignoring fire safety laws.

The prosecution follows a fire at a celebrity hair salon in Conduit Street London where a member of staff was badly burnt when candles in the salon, which were being used to create a more relaxing atmosphere, lit her skirt. The member of staff was taken to hospital where she was found to have suffered third degree burns.

Although the Fire Brigade were not in attendance during the incident, they did attend later to conduct a fire safety inspection and found a number of serious fire safety issues. 

Fire doors were found to be wedged open, storage was found to be obstructing corridors and the fire detection in the building was found to be inadequate. In addition no fire risk assessment had been undertaken, no procedures on what to do in the event of fire had been provided to staff and no fire training had been provided.

The owners of the salon pleaded guilty to two offences under the RR(FS)O 2005 - failure to provide a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and failure to provide staff with adequate and regular fire safety training