Takeaway restaurants are involved in more fire incidents than any other business, new figures have suggested.
Experts fear that operators and companies are scrimping on fire and health safety equipment due to belt-tightening in the current climate.
Fire brigades within the East Lancashire region received more emergency call outs to takeaway restaurants than any other commercial premises during the past year.
A total of 62 fires took place last year in that part of the country last year, with fire experts blasting businesses for “negligence” to fire and employee safety.
A spokesperson for fire safety provider Firemart said the growing number of commercial fires was cause for concern: “The need for fire safety should always be a top priority in any workplace, especially in restaurants and schools where there are a number of lives at risk.”
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, businesses are required to carry fire safety equipment to prevent or reduce the risk of a fire breaking out or if a fire does occur, to attempt to reduce the spread and intensity.