Safer Business: Fire safety advice during the Coronavirus situation

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Keeping your business safe from fire  -  19 March, 2020

Safer Business: Fire safety advice during the Coronavirus situation

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The current COVID-19 situation may adversely affect your business, due to reduced staffing levels and disruption to normal working practice.

But it is vital that the fire safety of the business and the safety of all the people working in, or visiting your sites are maintained.

Fire safety advice

Competent persons

You must ensure that you have an adequate amount of competent persons to help in the implementation of preventative and protective fire safety measures.

If you have absent staff you must ensure that there are adequately trained staff on-site at all times, to ensure the fire safety measures are not adversely affected.

Protection from arson

If your building is closed for an extended period of time ensure it is secure and continue with usual measure to prevent arson:

  • Any combustible materials should be removed from site or stored securely
  • Rubbish is a potential fuel source so remove or store securely away from premises
  • Keep all entrances and exits of the building clear at all times
  • Stock should not be kept in excessive amounts.

Fire safety testing

During this time you should continue to maintain and regularly test your fire safety provisions onsite (e.g. alarm test, fire drills).

Evacuation plan

Make sure your evacuation strategy is suitable and that all staff, including temporary staff are trained by doing evacuation drills to ensure it can be effectively achieved. It is important that your fire exits remain clear and readily usable by everyone within your premises.

Lone working

With a reduced work force there may be an increased likelihood of people working alone within buildings. You need to ensure that these people are provided with adequate warning in case of fire so they do not become trapped.

Fire risk assessment

It may be necessary to review your fire risk assessment during this time to ensure suitable and sufficient measures are in place.

Secure buildings

Try to ensure premises are regular checked to ensure that security of the building is not compromised and identify any attempts of arson, any issues should be reported to Crimestoppers on  0800 555 111.


Business Fire Safety Seminars

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Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic our business safety seminars have all been postponed until further notice. We will announce when these resume.



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