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Underground shisha bars violating fire safety laws

Concern has been raised over underground shisha bars, which are attempting to circumvent smoking laws by operating behind closed doors.

Smoking shisha behind locked doors and windows has the potential to be a real fire safety hazard, as well as putting participants at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning from the burning charcoal, according to Leicester City Council.

Govind Mandora, health and safety team manager for Leicester City Council, told the BBC that they are cracking down on the illegal dens.

"We are investigating and prosecuting several places in the city," he said.

"They're locating in back streets, even old industrial units, hidden from view."

Legitimate businesses can help to reduce danger in the workplace by stocking fire products and spill kits.

One such shisha bar owner who is complying with the law told the BBC that he is losing trade to the illegal bars because people can stay warm behind closed doors. 

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