Safety advice

Keeping warm

Keeping warm

Find out how to keep warm and stay fire safe this winter.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms

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

Heating your home

Heating your home

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

Business safety

Better Business for All

Better Business for All

Help us help you comply with the law in the West of England- your opinion matters! Local authorities in the West of England want to save you time and money, and...

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

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Incidents

18 May

Students evacuated after fire in third f…

King Square, Kingsdown Firefighters from Temple, Bedminster and Southmead Fire Stations along with the Turntable Ladder...

17 May

Four houses affected by fire in Yate

SUMMERS MEAD,YATE Seven fire engines from across the Service have extinguished a fire in the first...

12 May

Fire tackled at South Bristol Sports Cen…

West Town Lane, Hengrove, Bristol Firefighters have extinguished a large fire at the South Bristol Sports...

10 May

Fire in plant room at Bristol Haematolog…

Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Kingsdown, Bristol Multiple crews were called to the Bristol Haematology and...

18 Apr

Woman dies after van collides with house

Yeolands Drive, Clevdeon A woman lost her life after a vehicle collided with a house in...

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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.