Fire safety advice for businesses during coronavirus pandemic

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The current Pandemic of Covid-19 may adversely affect your business by:

  • Reducing staffing levels
  • Causing 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 business are maintained.

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).

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 local police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency always call 999.

If you need advice on how to keep you, your staff and your business safe during the coronavirus pandemic, call the Protection Department on 01743 260200 or email