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Safety advice for business owners and landlords during national firefighters strike

fire engineBusiness owners, managers and landlords are being reminded to carry out and check their fire safety risk assessments ahead of two national strikes by firefighters.

On Thursday 12 June for 24 hours from 09.00hrs and on Saturday 21 June between 10.00hrs and 17.00hrs firefighters across the country, including those at Avon Fire & Rescue Service, will take part in industrial action in a dispute with the Government regarding pensions.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 business owners, managers of business premises and landlords have a responsibility to make sure people who live, use or work in their premises are safe.

A fire risk assessment must be carried out to identify any areas where a fire could start and how to prevent it.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager, Mick Dixon, said: “All businesses are legally required to carry out a fire risk assessment. Not only will it keep your tenants, staff and customers safe it may reduce the chance of a fire at your premises.

“Fires can be devastating, destroying buildings and belongings but more importantly endangering lives. Any measures you can take to reduce the risk of a fire must be a priority for all landlords, business owners and managers.

“By making sure your fire alarm systems are working and do not activate unnecessarily you will reduce the number of false alarms we need to attend. This will help us during the strike when we will have fewer resources available to respond to emergencies.”

To carry out a fire risk assessment:

  • Look for the hazards at your business.
  • Identify people at risk, for example tenants, customers and staff.
  • Remove or reduce the risks you find.
  • Make notes and plans about what you find.
  • Inform, educate and train your staff in what to do if there is an emergency.
  • If you have five or more people working at your premises you must record your risk assessment.

Safety tips:

 

  • Fit a fire alarm or smoke alarm which will alert you to a fire.
  • If people live above your business or you are a landlord with tenants take extra precautions.
  • Make sure all escape routes are kept clear.
  • Leave fire exits unlocked.
  • If you do have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

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