Smoking poses fire risk

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care homes are once again being warned about the dangers of smoking inside premises after investigators found that a fire at a care home in Scotland was probably started by a discarded cigarette in a staff toilet area. The blaze, at the 24-bed Tarriebank care home, near Marywell in Aberdeenshire, resulted in the evacuation of all residents. No injuries were reported. The home has cared for both private and council-placed residents since the 1980s. The incident follows the fire at Rosepark care home in Lanarkshire, which killed 20 elderly people. After the fire at Tarriebank, a fire brigade spokesman said the blaze had started in a staff toilet area and the damage was contained to the floor space. “We believe it may have been started by the careless disposal of smoking material,” the spokesman said. “The staff acted quickly, and in light of recent tragedies, we encourage people to carry out evacuation procedures on a regular basis. “Care homes should also consider carefully when setting up smoking and non smok

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