Escape Rooms: Fires

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd January 2019.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he provides operators of escape rooms on fire safety and evacuation procedures in the event of a fire in locked rooms.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has provided to fire authorities on fire safety in escape rooms.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to all non-domestic premises, including those which feature experiential escape rooms. Under the Fire Safety Order, the person responsible for the premises must undertake and review regularly a fire risk assessment of the premises and put in place and maintain adequate and appropriate fire precaution measures to mitigate against the risk to life from fire. This includes ensuring adequate escape routes.

The Government has made available a suite of premises-specific guidance to support responsible persons in complying with the provisions of the Fire Safety Order. These are available here: https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-risk-assessments.

As the enforcing authority for the Fire Safety Order in their area, each local fire and rescue authority is required by the Fire and Rescue National Framework to have in place a risk-based inspection programme for auditing compliance. Where a potential new risk emerges, it is for individual authorities to determine how best to use their resources to reduce the risks facing the communities.

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