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More people in the UK die in fires started by cigarettes than any other type of fire

Barbecue safety

Barbecue safety

Read more about how to enjoy cooking in the outdoors in safety this summer.

Keeping warm

Keeping warm

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

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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01 Mar

Multiple crews tackle fire on ship at Po…

Royal Portbury Dock, Portbury Over 50 firefighters from 11 appliances, including two turntable ladders and the...

25 Feb

Water rescue team rescue man trapped in …

Vauxhall Bridge, Coronation Road, Bristol Firefighters from Temple and Bedminster Fire Stations, along with the water...

16 Feb

Fire in roof of bakery started accidenta…

Whiteladies Road, Bristol A fire in the roof of the two storey building started accidentally as...

02 Feb

Firefighters work with coastguard helico…

Circular Road, Clifon  The Service was called to assist with an incident involving a climber who...

30 Jan

Crews tackled house fire in Stoke Giffor…

Parnell Road, Stoke Gifford   Two crews from Temple Fire Station have extinguished a fire involving a...

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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.