East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is welcoming back non-essential businesses, leisure centres, holiday providers and other services which are reopening their doors today, 12 April 2021.
Owners and managers are also being reminded the service is here to help keep their premises and customers safe from fire, allowing them to stay open.
“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.
For more detailed information about fire safety legislation and free training sessions, see: https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/
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/.