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Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Risk Assessment

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Risk Assessment

We very much want everyone to have a happy, peaceful and safe stay here in our barns, and will do our best to see that you do.

However, unforeseen accidents can happen at any time, to the most careful of people, in the most careful of homes… and of course there is an added risk for anyone in unfamiliar surroundings.

So, for your safety and peace of mind (and ours!) we have tried to foresee what could possibly arise, identifying all possible sources of ‘danger’ and advising how these can be avoided and any risks minimised.

A. Firstly, we identify people for whom the barns would not be safe or suitable at all.

B. Then we outline all possible hazards and dangers with information about how they can be avoided.

This information can be found under the following headings:

  1. FIRE
  3. SAFETY, inside and out

A. Those for whom our two holiday cottages would be unsuitable:

With the best will in the world we cannot remove the relevant danger or inherent hazards, which make both barns unsuitable for: Any child at all Any adult who

Anyone with allergies would be recommended to stay in Douglas’s Barn, which is kept pet-free.

Please enquire if you are unsure about any possible problem you might anticipate.

B. Risk Assessment of all Possible Hazards

  1. FIRE

This is the most obvious risk that comes to mind.

Please familiarise yourself with our more detailed separate Fire Policy instructions and statement which you will find in our information packs

ESCAPE from upstairs in the event of fire

AVOIDING the DANGER of fire: There are smoke alarms downstairs and up in both barns. We check these regularly, but for your own peace of mind we suggest that you confirm for yourself that they are working.

We provide a Fire Extinguisher and Fire Blanket in the kitchen in both barns. These are serviced annually in April by O Heap & Sons, Derby.

We have the chimney swept regularly, by Mr. Steve Ball.

Emergency lighting There are torches in the bedroom and downstairs, in each barn.

Spare batteries for torches and smoke alarms are kept:


WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP AVOID THE RISK OF CAUSING A FIRE We do ask you to be extremely aware of the potential dangers, of fire and consequent injury When cooking

When using the log burner in Tom’s Barn

 When using electrical equipment

When using candles.



Obviously hygiene and the general condition of your surroundings are vital for your health and personal safety. First Aid kit: There us a small First Aid kit provided in each barn:

 Allergies and other concerns: Orchard Farm is in the country, surrounded by trees and greenery (pollen) and with working farms in the area nearby (animals and, occasionally, flies and smells)


Carbon Monoxide

Central Heating There is an oil central heating boiler in each barn.

Central heating boiler: Each barn has a programmable time switch; so individual guests can choose the timing appropriate for their needs. We want you to be as warm and as comfortable as you want to be, but please also be aware of the environmental implications and try not to be wasteful of the heat.

If you are wanting regular deep baths in Douglas’s Barn we suggest you keep the hot water onto ON throughout the day to ensure there will be enough hot water for you, and then set to come on again at the required time in the morning. Cleaning chemicals

We do provide for guests’ convenience loo cleaners, dishwasher tablets, washing machine detergent, kitchen and bathroom cleaning sprays. These are kept under the kitchen sink, and/or in the bathroom.

Disposal of Waste Please help us by sorting your rubbish into the appropriate bins behind the parking area

Unrecyclable, bottles and jars, tins and plastic bottles, paper and cardboard, food waste.

  Risk of Flooding Orchard Farm is on a gentle hillside, some distance from any flowing water, so there is little obvious danger from floodwaters as such. However, internally, one could leave a tap running with potentially serious consequences. Occasionally – usually with prior warning – Severn Trent may cut off the village water supply. If this happens it is very important to ensure that taps aren’t left on, to cause a flood when the water supply is resumed.



The obvious hazards, other than fire, burns and scalds, are:

o    Tom’s Barn has open tread stairs, with a rail. The stairs are now carpeted but could still be slippery in stockinged feet or slippers, so please take care and at all times use the handrail when using the stairs.

Douglas’s Barn has cast iron spiral stairs. We have protected the treads with wood, to prevent heels being caught in the original patterned treads.

The stairs have had safety grooves cut into each tread but could still be slippery in stockinged feet or slippers or socks.

We recommend using the rail and the central support at all times when using the stairs

We have provided handrails to help access to the bath in both barns.

Tom’s Barn bath is only accessible up two steps, and therefore is simply not safe for anyone with mobility problems or unhappy with having to climb up into or down out of a bath!

In Douglas’s Barn there is a more conventional set up, with no steps into the bath. The bath however is longer, and potentially someone could slip while sitting in it. We provide a non-slip mat, which should be placed in the bath.

In Douglas’s Barn there is a power shower over the bath. Please use the non-slip mat provided to prevent any danger of slipping while standing in the bath to take the shower.

We provide cotton bath mats to stand on when getting out of the bath with wet feet.    


YOUR SAFETY OUTSIDE Orchard Farm is a former farm, in a very quiet and rural area, which is reasonably hilly with rough ground.

Parking and access to the barns

Access to the garden Each holiday cottage has a table and chairs immediately outside, on an area of stone paving (which can quickly become slippery). Each cottage has its own private garden area:

We welcome any suggestions to help us improve what we provide, or how we present the information.   If you have any suggestions please phone us on 01335 390 519 or email us at            Angela and Robert Roebuck                        Last Updated             20 November 2016                            


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