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Business fire safety checks to do before reopening

Date : 01 March 2021


With non-essential businesses, leisure centres, theme parks, museums, libraries, holiday  providers and other services reopening their doors on 12 April after lockdown, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is advising business owners to start reviewing their fire prevention measures before opening to ensure their premises are safe for employees and customers to return to.

“If your business is reopening after lockdown, you may have new staff, rotas, business processes, Covid-safe control measures and evacuation arrangements, so you should review your existing fire risk assessment and record any changes,” advises Station Manager Craig Williams. 

ESFRS also recommends that businesses ensure that:

  • All fire safety equipment, such as alarms and extinguishers, are working and maintained
  • Any safe-distancing measures do not obscure fire exits or any signage
  • Staff are trained on evacuation procedures and using fire safety equipment
  • Any waste that has piled up is removed
  • Control measures are in place so that your business is Covid safe.

“Don’t put your business, staff or the public at risk!” added Craig Williams. 

For more detailed information about fire safety legislation, see: https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/business-safety-legislation/

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service offers remote training courses for the business community to help comply with fire safety legislation. These include:

  • A free 30-minute live video training sessions on fire risk assessments and general fire safety every Tuesday. Email saferbusiness@esfrs.orgto book your place.
  • Bespoke fire training courses run as live webinars by our Commercial Training department.Please contactCommercial Training Manager raj.baksi@esfrs.org who will be pleased toarrange a chat either by phone or Zoom to discuss training for your organisation. To find out more about the webinars, see https://bit.ly/ESFRScomm

If you don’t already have contingency plans for the event of a fire in your workplace, use the government’s toolkit to help minimise disruption to your business should an incident occur.  For more information on business continuity, see https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/business-continuity/.

If your business needs help to comply with regulatory requirements, support is available throught the Primary Authority Partnership scheme. For more information, see https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/primary-authority-scheme/.

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