Business Fire Safety and Our Coronavirus Response
While we all deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service will continue to support the owners and managers of buildings and businesses.
Our Fire Safety Officers have amended their working practices yet are still available to answer any questions you may have, and you can do so by contacting us
. Should our officers be required to visit your premises they will take the appropriate measures to protect themselves and the building occupants.
Though the situation involving coronavirus (COVID-19) is unprecedented, the Responsible Person (owners and managers of buildings and businesses) must be aware of their legal responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and ensure that these continue to be met. During these unprecedented times we are aware that businesses may have to make difficult decisions and change working practices and arrangements dramatically to ensure business continuity. If you are having to make any changes to your working arrangements, please consider the following:
- Fire Risk Assessment – If you are the responsible person for a business or site then fire risk assessments and other legal obligations relating to the safety of your site, staff and visitors still apply, so review these as necessary. All changes to working practices should be detailed in your fire risk assessment, especially if this could include smaller staff numbers for staff led evacuations or key members of staff could be absent, such as Fire Wardens.
- If your premises are unoccupied, ensure that all electrical appliances are switched off and the plugs are removed from sockets.
- Ensure that all fire doors are securely closed.
- Consider the impact of waste storage and build up, which could pose a fire risk.
- Think about how any reduced maintenance provision for your premises could cause a fire risk.
- Lower staff numbers may result in changes to arrangements if the fire alarm actuates, if you no longer have enough staff to investigate a false alarm then immediate evacuation, would be the most sensible practice.
- For employees who will be working from home, please encourage them to take the time to check home fire safety arrangements, and ensure that smoke alarms are fitted, tested and are working correctly.