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Candle safety

Find out how you can enjoy candles safely in your home

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Smoke alarms give you and your family life saving minutes to escape a fire

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Find out how to heat your home safely during the colder months

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Business Safety Week

Business Safety Week

Fire Safety Officers from Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be offering businesses safety information to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK...

Fire Risk Assessments

Fire Risk Assessments

Useful information on how to assess your business and keep your customers and employees safe

Fire safety for landlords

Fire safety for landlords

Find information on fire safety and law for landlords here.

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11 Aug

Fishponds bedroom fire extinguished by c…

Woodcote Walk, Fishponds, Bristol A fire involving the bedroom at house in Fishponds has been extinguished...

11 Aug

Cat rescued from severe flat fire

St Ives Road, Weston-super-Mare Firefighters have tackled a severe fire at a flat in Weston-super-Mare. Five fire...

07 Aug

Man rescued through window from Stapleto…

Begbrook Lane, Stapleton, Bristol Firefighters have rescued a man from a fire in a ground floor...

06 Aug

Hovercraft rescues a number of people at…

Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare With the assistance of HM Coastguard, two 12-year-old young girls and one adult...

05 Aug

Man loses life in Fishponds house fire

Fishponds Road, Bristol  Multiple crews were called to a fire involving a terraced property in Fishponds, where...

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Business Safety Week

business safety week logoFire Safety Officers from Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be offering businesses safety information to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK Business Safety Week from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your business you can contact our Technical Fire Safety Team using the details on our business safety homepage.

 

 

Business owner’s responsibilities

If you are a business owner or you responsible for a business premises the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order means legally you must reduce the risk of fire and ensure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

Non-compliance can lead to enforcement which could pose a financial, legal and reputational risk to your business.

You must:

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment and review it regularly;
  • Create an emergency plan and ensure you know what to do if a fire does occur in your premises or at a nearby premises;
  • Maintain and regularly test any fire protection equipment and
  • Induct and train all employees when they start work and ensure there are periodic refreshers

For further information, you can read the pages within the Business Safety section of our website and visit the .gov website

Being compliant with the law means you are protecting your business, premises and employees and you are prepared if there is a fire.

 

False alarms

False alarms disrupt employees and customers and are also expensive for businesses and fire and rescue services.

We were called out to 5510 false alarms in 2015.

  • Repeated false alarms from your business are a sign that you should review your procedures.
  • False alarms can be caused by unmaintained detection equipment or because the wrong detector is positioned in the wrong place.
  • If you need advice on reducing false alarms contact a Fire Safety Officer

Please refer to The Chief Fire Officers Association website for some useful information. 

 

Christmas is approaching

shopping mall at ChristmasBusinesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period.

The new recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff.

This time of year is a good opportunity to remind all employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training to ensure existing staff know the importance of fire safety.

As stock levels start to increase in the build up to the festive period make sure stairs and exits are clear.