Businesses in London and Manchester must review their Fire Emergency Plans before they reopen after Lockdown to ensure Staff and members of the Public are kept safe.

Businesses’ across London and Manchester will be reopening after weeks of lockdown – but we still must adhere to the Covid-19 secure guidelines. Whilst this is of course a priority so to is reviewing the Fire Safety Emergency Plan for the Business!

Keeping Staff and members of the Public safe in an emergency is imperative and the existing Fire Safety Emergency Plan included in your Fire Safety Risk Assessment may not reflect the premises as it is today. The following are just a few points for the identified ‘Responsible Person’ to consider.

If you are operating a ‘one-way system’ in your premise, how does that affect your evacuation plan?

Assembly Point – does your existing Assembly Point allow enough room for people to social distance?

Are hand sanitiser stations or washing facilities on the means of escape and will they hinder the evacuation or re-entry into the building?

Have you changed the location of any storage in order to accommodate a one-way system, if so check that you have maintained a clear route through the means of escape.

If you need help reviewing your Fire Emergency Plan for your premise in London or Manchester or your Fire Safety Risk Assessment is out of date you should act now!

London Fire Risk Assessments have a support team for London and Manchester and are waiting to help you call now on 07818888626 (London) or 07824 185293 (Manchester) alternatively click here.

London Fire Risk Assessments will be providing London Offices, Schools, Residential Care Homes, Shops, Hotel, Bars and Restaurants with a ‘Dual Purpose’ Fire Risk Assessment – saving clients time and precious funds.

What do we mean by ‘Dual Purpose’ – when our Fire Risk Assessors inspect a premise it represents a ‘snap shot in time’, they will identify any Fire Safety deficiencies and then provide solutions to put them right in the Fire Safety Management Plan. Right now your Fire Risk Assessment will reflect how the premise is being used in these ‘Covid’ days. As we all know premises are being used very differently including the means of escape and even occupancy and staffing levels.

So what happens when, in a few months time, your premise will resume ‘normal’ practice? You will have to ‘review and revise’ you existing Fire Safety Risk Assessment or you will have to appoint a third party competent person (such as London Fire Risk Assessments) to do it for you. This inevitably will result in additional costs and that is something we can all do without!

Solution! London Fire Risk Assessments will be providing clients with a Fire Safety Risk Assessment detailing how the premise is being used in these ‘Covid’ days AND how it is perceived the premise would be used when ‘normal’ practice is resumed!!! A ‘Dual Purpose’ Fire Safety Risk Assessment – saving you time and money!

Call London Fire Risk Assessments now on 0781 8888626 to book your Fire Safety Inspection or click here and one of our support team will get in touch. For inspections booked in July, August or September quote LFRA Covid-Safe for your 10% discount

London Hotels, B&B’s, Holiday rentals are opening from 4th July – Time to check that your Fire Risk Assessment is up to date and make sure it complies with the Covid-Secure Guidance.

Great news! London Hotel’s, B&B’s and Holiday rentals are all about to reopen! So much time has been spent preparing the sites to ensure that they are Covid-Secure now its time to welcome guests and get the industry moving!

London Fire Risk Assessments are playing their part in supporting businesses through these unusual times, they are introducing a LFRA Covid-Safe discount code for all businesses who book a Fire Safety Inspection in July, August or September. This will ensure that customers will get a fully ‘suitable and sufficient’ Fire Risk Assessment for their site BUT at a reduced cost! Every little helps!!!

So, London Hotels, B&B’s and Holiday Lets check your Fire Risk Assessment now and if its not up to date or it doesn’t reflect the premise as it is today book a Fire Safety Inspection now! Call 0781 8888626 or click here and meet your Fire Safety obligations at a price you can afford!

London Fire Risk Assessments resumes Covid-Secure Fire Safety Inspections from July! All Offices, Shops, Schools, Restaurants, Pubs in and around the London area can be assured the Fire Risk Assessor attending site will be Covid-Safety compliant.

Clive Lewis TIFireE is please to announce that the full team will be back and operational after a 3 month partial service. Clive says, “I have continued working through the lockdown providing free Fire Safety advice and support for customers but reluctantly had to ‘furlough’ my exceptional Team. Although I have managed to help many clients in an uncertain time it will be fantastic to have the whole Team back.”

“Fire Safety Inspections will look a little different as we will need to not only protect London businesses but also our Fire Risk Assessors, so the relevant PPE will be worn, sanitising and social distancing will be maintained. All Fire Risk Assessors will take their temperature at the start of each day and will be reporting into the admin Team that they are fit for inspections”.

“Our diary is open and filling up fast so if you are a London based Office, Shop, School, Residential Home, Pub, Restaurant or Hotel call us now – and if you Quote LFRA Covid-Safe you may even get a surprise discount!” Call 0781 8888626 or click here to book your Fire Safety Inspections.

Looking forward to having you back Team!! Clive Lewis TIFireE Managing Director London Fire Risk Assessments.

Covid-19. The need to Review your Fire Risk Assessments

The National Fire Chiefs Council Covid19 Protection-Advice to Business.

The need to Review Fire Risk Assessments – Fire Safety law is still applicable, namely the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and many premises, whether they have remained open or not, are experiencing changes in risk. In all cases, premises should be aware of these changes in risk and review their Fire Risk Assessments accordingly, to ensure they are suitable and sufficient. Responsible Persons should always be reminded to seek advice form a competent Fire Risk Assessor where doubt exists.

Premises About to Re-Open

With premises starting to re-open again there are points which need to be considered regarding Fire Safety. On return to a premises it may be necessary to review and update the premises FRA to ensure it is current and reflects the way the premises is operating.

Points to consider may include (not exhaustive):

Where staffing and occupant levels have changed this may affect evacuation arrangements in event of Fire.

Where parts of the premises are not being used or are being used differently e.g. working and operating practices may have changed due to rearrangement of layouts, this may affect the means of escape.

Ensuring means of escape are easily available as they may not have been used for some time or where an escape route is shared, and other premises remain closed.

Reviewing measures implemented to increase security/reduce the risk of arson whilst the premises have not been used, as these may have adversely affected fire safety measures.

Reviewing storage and stock levels e.g. the amount and positioning of stock.

Where fire safety measures have not been maintained e.g. automatic fire alarm and detection systems or automatic fire suppression systems and have not received their routine servicing or testing.

Staff training – if this has not been undertaken for some time or new staff have started, then they should be provided with appropriate fire safety training.

London Fire Risk Assessments is available to discuss any Fire Safety concerns you may have re-opening your London business. Call 0781 8888626 or click here