Emergency Info

Guidelines on when to call the Emergency Services 999 for unwell recreational drug users

Call 999 if ANY one of the following is present:

Unconsciousness – if the patient does not respond to vocal commands, requires painful stimulus (e.g. pressure across the fingernails) to respond or does not respond at all.

Significant agitation (e.g. pacing around the room) or aggression not settling within 15 minutes.

Seizures (e.g. a convulsion similar to an epileptic fit)

Breathing difficulties such as fast breathing rate which does not settle within 15 minutes.

Heart rate over 140 beats per minute not settling within 5 minutes.

Temperature over 38.5 not settling after about 5 minutes of rest, or if very flushed and feels very hot if no thermometer is available.

Blood pressure – Systolic (“upper pressure”) over 180mmHg, or Diastolic (“lower pressure”) over 110mmHg on two repeated blood pressure measurements.

Other concerns – if there are any other concerns (e.g. severe headache, chest pain).


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Fire safety

Anyone applying for a licence also needs to comply with fire safety law, specifically The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

You need to make sure a Fire Risk Assessment is carried out by a competent person in order to:

  • Identify the fire hazards,
  • Identify the persons at risk,
  • Eliminate or reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm to persons,
  • Determine what physical fire safety arrangements and management controls are necessary to ensure the safety of relevant persons.

The Responsible Person

The Fire Safety Order requires the “Responsible Person” to act upon the significant findings of the Fire Risk Assessment to reduce the risks to persons in case of fire. Where a fire risk assessment already exists it should be reviewed to ensure that it takes account of any changes that you propose to make and also to ensure that it makes adequate provision for the safety of ALL persons (staff and customers) who may be at the premises. Clearly, the fire safety arrangements required for a three day festival attracting 20,000 people will be very different from those placed on a basement nightclub.


Communication between club owner/manager, promoter and the fire, police and environmental health services is vital.

The safety lessons and requirements which are the responsibility of the venue owner must also be known and understood by the promoter who may, to a large extent, be running the entertainment.

The National Fire Chief’s Council provides a comprehensive event organiser’s checklist and a range of regularly updated documents to be incorporated into event management plans which are available from https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/Event-safety


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