Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging businesses that have had to make changes due to COVID-19 to make sure fire safety remains a top priority. Many have had to respond quickly to the pandemic once they were allowed to reopen and when revisiting their risk assessments, fire safety may not have been at the forefront of planning.
As part of and the National Fire Chiefs Council #BusinessSafety2020 we are encouraging owners and responsible persons of small to medium businesses to ensure they review their Fire Risk Assessments and consider whether their COVID secure measures have compromised fire safety measures:
- New screens must not obstruct smoke detection
- There must be enough trained staff to support evacuation procedures
- Measures to support social distancing must not impact evacuation procedures or the ability of the Emergency Services to help you
Fire can have a devastating impact on business with many never recovering after an incident. We are here to support businesses if they need advice and guidance so we ask you to review your Fire Risk Assessments and help us to keep your business working safety.
Any business that would like fire protection advice can contact NFRS by using our online form, ringing 01604 797000 and asking to speak to the Protection Department or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org