Fire advice during coronavirus


While we all deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, your local Fire and Rescue Service will continue to support the owners and managers of buildings and businesses.

As a building owner / manager you must be aware of your legal responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), and ensure that these continue to be met.

Responsible persons must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and review on a regular basis.

Regularly and routinely inspect fire alarms, emergency lighting, and fire precautions in line with current standards. We can arrange weekly and monthly checks of your property if required.

Remember the test required are weekly fire alarm checks, and monthly Emergency lights extinguishers, detection systems and fire doors.

Whilst shutting down your establishment or still working think of the following.

Escape routes are to be kept clear.

Do not prop open fire doors to minimise contact with door handles. Ensure that public health advice on hand washing is followed.

Protect your premises from any risks of arson. Including monitoring waste areas outside, move bins into rear of site in a secure area.

Ensure non critical power supplies are switched off do not turn of your alarm or detection.

Check homes where studenst have moved out checking all electrical items kettle, toasters extension leads etc are unplugged.

Provide your staff with information, fire safety instruction and training.

You may wish to review your risk assessment if staffing levels change following the pandemic.

Carry out a review of your assessment of any essential maintenance during this time.

The Fire Service is not carrying out routine fire safety visits during this period; however, please be aware that enforcement and prohibition work will continue.

Further guidance on carrying out a risk assessment is available from PSC Fire Safety Ltd

If you have a general fire safety enquiry regarding commercial property, please email [email protected] or phone 01455 557877 or 07967468639.

Our teams are available 24/7

Fire Engineers carry out a mission-critical jobs to not only fix but maintain fire systems and products such as extinguishers, fire alarms etc.

 We have real first-hand knowledge and evidence of the dangerous and potentially deadly effects that a lack of maintenance on fire systems can lead to; I don’t have to mention the implications if you were to have a major fire incident as a result of the fire safety equipment not working correctly.

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