The East Croydon United Reformed Church was recently notified after it was discovered the building breached six parts of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 during a routine visit earlier this year.
Among the various issues found by the authorities was a complete failure to undergo a “suitable and sufficient” risk assessment and the lack of a “suitable method of giving warning in case of a fire” – as well as a number of emergency routes and exits which were inadequately lit.
The church, which has been given until July 20, 2016, to address the faults or face further action, has insisted measures have already been taken to resolve the issues.
The Rev Derrick Sena Dzandu-Hedidor insisted the church had "responded quickly to the notice".
"Several of the identified items have already been dealt with and we are on schedule to comply fully with every part of the enforcement notice by July 20," he said.
"The United Reformed Church is committed to keeping its buildings, and all those who use them, safe and we have welcomed the advice we have received from the fire brigade and have been pleased to put the required improvements in place."
Over the years, there have been a number of different pieces of fire safety legislation, each applying to different types of buildings or relating to different circumstances. The latest legislation now covers almost every non-domestic premises, including many that were not included under previous regulations, such as small shops, village halls and Places of Worship.
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