THREE-quarters of fast food outlets in Bridgwater checked by fire safety officers have resulted in enforcement action.

Checks by fire protection officers from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue over the past three months deemed four places so dangerous restrictions of use notices were served Of the 30 premises visited, 20 had not complied with current legislation.

Fire Safety Check Inspector John Unwin said: “We were shocked to find that 75% of the fast food outlets we visited required some form of enforcement action.

“It is the responsibility of business owners to ensure they comply with fire safety legislation. We would rather help them to make their premises safer for their customers with advice but if we have to take firmer action, we will do so.”

The Service has organised a free event for owners and managers of fast food outlets in Bridgwater to obtain advice and information. It will be held at from 3pm to 6pm today (November 28) at Blake Hall, Bridgwater.

Fire protection officers will explain the legal obligations given to people responsible for businesses under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Crew Manager Unwin added: “Fire safety is especially important where people may be asleep in rooms or flats above a business and their access is by a single, open or unprotected staircase from the main public or kitchen area.”