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Restaurants and Takeaways

Takeaways Business Safety Leaflet

East Sussex and Brighton and Hove boasts a wide range of thriving pubs, restaurants and takeaways. If you’re a manager or owner of a food outlet, you have an important role to play in ensuring those working and visiting your business are safe.

A fire that closes you down even if only temporarily could make a huge difference to your business, not to mention the potential costs and damage to your reputation if you are found liable, or the human cost should someone be killed or seriously injured.  

Good management of fire safety is essential to ensure that fires are unlikely to occur; that if they do occur they are likely to be controlled or contained quickly, effectively and safely and everyone in your premises is able to escape easily and quickly.


Business Safety Legislation 

Please ensure you understand your legal obligations including requirements for fire risk assessments.

The fire risk assessment that you must carry out will help you ensure that you identify, eliminate or reduce / control fire hazards, that you take appropriate fire prevention measures and that plans, systems and equipment are all in place and working properly    

Don't fall foul of the law

We have taken action against businesses in court:

Safer Business Training 

We offer free training to help local businesses.

Our training is designed to give you the tools you need to be able reduce the risk to your business from fire and ultimately make it safer for your employees, customers and your local community.  

  • More about Safer Business Training  

Safer kitchen ventilation

70 per cent of fires in commercial kitchens originate in faulty extract ventilation systems due to build up of fat and grease.

You can reduce these risks by carrying out regular cleaning of your kitchen extraction and ventilation systems. 

False Alarm Reduction

If your business has an automatic fire alarm system, please ensure you understand how it work. False alarms can disrupt businesses as well as waste the time of our firefighters. 

Latest Update :
08 September 2017
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