B and Bs learn about F and F – Food and Fire

Councils work with fire and rescue service to deliver free training

Environmental Health staff at East Devon District Council are working with colleagues at Exeter City Council and in the Fire Service to deliver free training and awareness sessions for owners of Bed and Breakfast establishments.

The sessions will help B&B owners understand what they need to do to comply with fire safety orders and food hygiene legislation.

The events, which start on 27 January and run through until 12 February in a number of East Devon venues, will cover what business owners need to do to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and Food safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.


Working with teams from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, staff at East Devon and Exeter will answer questions like:  

• Do I need a fire alarm?

• I only have 3 bedrooms, so do I need to do a Fire Risk Assessment?

• What are the rules on food hygiene for me?

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon’s cabinet member for environment, said:

With a new holiday season just a few weeks away, this is the time for businesses to ensure that they understand and comply with any regulations that apply to their premises.

Whether it’s businesses on our world-class Jurassic Coast or in one of our many delightful inland holiday destinations, it’s important that owners comply with the latest legislation designed to protect the public.

Along with our colleagues in the Fire and Rescue Service, we want to make sure that people who run Bed and Breakfast businesses have the best possible chance of ticking all the regulatory boxes in good time before their first guests start arriving.

This will give B&B owners peace of mind and ensure that East Devon continues to enjoy a reputation for being a fantastic place to visit for an all-round fantastic stay.

The sessions will be held over two weeks in the following locations, starting at the end of January:

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 2pm - Middlemoor Fire Station, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter

Thursday 29 January 2015, 2pm - Exmouth Fire Station, Exmouth

Friday 30 January 2015, 2pm - Axminster Guildhall, Axminster

Monday 2 February 2015, 2pm - EDDC Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth

Wednesday 4 February 2015, 2pm - Beehive Centre, Honiton

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 2pm - Middlemoor Fire Station, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter

Thursday 12 February 2015, 6.30pm - Fire Service HQ, Clyst St George

For more Information and to book a FREE place telephone 01392 357219 or email exeterfs@dsfire.gov.uk