Massage centre ordered to improve safety

FIRE chiefs have ordered an Ipswich massage joint to shape up after it failed to satisfy their desire for decent safety standards.Angels Massage, which offers remedial services from its Woodbridge Road base, found itself in hot water following a visit from fire officials.

FIRE chiefs have ordered an Ipswich massage joint to shape up after it failed to satisfy their desire for decent safety standards.

Angels Massage, which offers remedial services from its Woodbridge Road base, found itself in hot water following a visit from fire officials.

Inspectors checking out the business, which also offers home visits and escorting services, raised concerns that customers and staff could find themselves in a difficult situation should a fire break out.

The fire alarm system, emergency lighting and maintenance of fire safety provisions were all deemed as not being up to scratch.


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Meanwhile staff training - relating to fire safety - was rated as “inadequate”.

Besides this, inspectors found there was no fire risk assessment and insufficient risk reduction had taken place.

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An enforcement notice was served to the management of Angels on February 6 although the requirements are yet to be fulfilled.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire Service said: “Fire safety across Suffolk is a top priority and it is essential that any buildings that the public use meet fire safety standards.

“Our fire safety checks go across the board from department stores to hostels, from commercial developments to guest houses, from restaurants and pubs.

“Occasionally we get the odd visit, like this one, that catches the public's imagination more than others.

“However, irrespective of what the nature of that business is, you can be confident that our officers would treat it just like any other fire safety visit and carry it out with the respect and professionalism you would expect."

Nobody from Angels was available to comment.

Angels was one of nine firms in Ipswich to be served with an enforcement notice so far this year.

Are you concerned about fire safety standards in Ipswich? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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