A quarter of European businesses are risking the safety of their staff because of badly maintained fire systems, a study has found.

The 2015 survey, carried out by Fire Industry Association member and fire safety solutions manufacturer Hochiki Europe, also revealed that 33 per cent of customers do not have up to date fire detection records on site.

The company stresses that failing to properly maintain a fire safety system risks lives and leads to false alarms. It also highlights legislation such as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which dictates that businesses must meet certain standards regarding the maintenance of safety systems and protection of the workforce.

Commenting on the survey results, Reuben Evans of NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd said: “There are serious financial and legal implications in failing to manage safe working practices  within a business.

“Taking the time to review business activities and safety measures for employees should be a routine activity and one which can have a major impact on the well being of employees and prevent serious consequences in the future.”