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COVID-19: Business Fire Safety

COVID-19: Business Fire Safety


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) is urging business owners across Merseyside to continue practising fire safety despite the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The current situation may adversely affect your business by reducing staffing levels and disrupting your normal working practice. But it is vital that the fire safety of your business and the safety of all the people working in or visiting your business are maintained.

Follow these tips to ensure your business stays safe from fire:

Competent Persons
You must ensure that you have an adequate amount of competent persons to help in the implementation of preventative and protective fire safety measures.
If you have absent staff you must ensure that there are adequately trained staff on-site at all times, to ensure the fire safety measures are not adversely affected.

Protection from arson
If your building is closed for an extended period of time, ensure it is secure and continue with usual measures to prevent arson:
• Any combustible materials should be removed from site or stored securely
• Remove or store all rubbish securely away from premises
• Keep all entrances and exits of the building clear at all times
• Stock should not be kept in excessive amounts

<>FIRE SAFETY TESTING
During this time you should continue to maintain and regularly test your fire safety provisions onsite (eg. alarm test, fire drills).

FIRE DOORS
Do not prop open fire doors, even if this is intended to minimse contact between staff and door handles. We would advise businesses to follow Public Health advice around regularly washing your hands for 20 seconds or more to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

LONE WORKING
With a reduced workforce, there may be an increased likelihood of people working alone within buildings. You need to ensure that these people are provided with adequate warning in case of fire so they do not become trapped.

FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT
It may be necessary to review your fire risk assessment during this time to ensure suitable and sufficient measures are in place. Further information on fire risk assessments can be found at https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-risk-assessments

SECURE BUILDINGS
Try to ensure premises are regularly checked to ensure that the security of the building is not compromised and identify any attempts of arson. Any issues should be reported to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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