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Keep your business safe from fire during lockdown

Date : 04 February 2021


If you own a business that has had to close due to the lockdown, you may need to review your fire risk assessment as the risk of fire may well have changed. Empty buildings are more at risk of arson than occupied premises, so it’s important to ensure all your fire doors are closed, your fire safety equipment, such as alarms and extinguishers, are working and tested regularly, and that stock and rubbish are safely stored so that they don’t provide fuel for a fire. If a fire does occur, you must be confident that it can be contained quickly.

Last month, an Eastbourne business experienced a fire caused by an electrical extension lead which had not been turned off and was stored in a coiled position. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has plenty of help and advice at hand to help prevent fires like this from occurring. If you have any concerns about fire safety, you can contact our Business Safety teams by visiting https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/ where you can also find information and advice relating to fire-safety legislation.

ESFRS also runs free 30-minute live video training sessions on fire risk assessments and general fire safety every Tuesday. To book a place contact saferbusiness@esfrs.org 

Our Commercial Training department has continued to offer bespoke fire training courses as live webinars. More than 500 delegates have participated in these during the past six months. Please contact Commercial Training Manager raj.baksi@esfrs.org who will be pleased to arrange 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 through the Primary Authority Partnership scheme. For more information, see https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/primary-authority-scheme/

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