Businesses urged to reduce the risk of fire during industrial action

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging businesses to take steps to reduce the risk of fire prior to the next phase of industrial action.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 10th June 2014, 9:51 am
Humberside Fire Service
Humberside Fire Service

The authority will be providing a reduced emergency response service while firefighters are taking industrial action on Thursday June 12 at 9am until Friday June 13 at 9am and then Saturday June 21 10am-5pm. The service is asking for help from local businesses.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Chris Blacksell, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking local businesses to take extra steps to reduce the risk of fire.

“It is imperative that businesses ensure their fire risk assessments are up to date and that safety arrangements are robust enough to ensure, in the event of a fire, everyone can escape the building quickly and easily,” DCFO Blacksell added.

Businesses have a legal requirement for the person responsible to have a fire risk assessment and to review it if any risks in the building change.

With reduced fire cover, adopting fire safe behavior becomes increasingly important.

Top tips for businesses:

Review your risk assessment and emergency plan – make sure it’s up to date.

Make sure your fire detection systems are maintained and working effectively and everyone in the building(s) understands what they need to do should it activate.

Practise your emergency evacuation plan to ensure your staff and visitors can escape quickly and easily – don’t forget that people with disabilities may need extra help.

Ensure fire wardens are trained and their training is up to date.

Reduce fire hazards – keep sources of ignition well away from flammable materials or substances.

Ask staff to be vigilant to the risk of fire and report any concerns.

Keep escape routes free from obstacles and check signage and emergency lighting.

Keep fire doors shut (they should always be shut anyway).

Switch off electrical equipment when not in use.

Make sure any fire fighting equipment you have works and that everyone expected to use it knows how to do so safely.

Reduce the risk of arson – minimise the build-up of rubbish and store it in a safe place. Keep your building secure.

Take special care to avoid the possibility of a false alarm

If you have a fire, evacuate the building and call ‘999’.

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