18 September 2013

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is advising businesses to check their fire safety procedures are up to date.

The advice follows the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announcement that they intend to take strike action next week (25 September) as a result of an on-going national dispute with the government.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has contingency plans in place to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. Planning is well underway, both within the service and in partnership with neighbouring authorities, to ensure it can continue to respond to emergencies during this time.

Business fire safety advice

Businesses should ensure they are prepared in the event of a fire or similar emergency incident by following a few simple steps:

  1. Review your Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) to make sure it’s up to date and incorporates all the fire risks within your premises.
  2. Make sure your staff training is up to date including their use of fire extinguishers.
  3. Make sure your fire alarm and emergency lighting are in good working order.
  4. Make sure all staff are trained in emergency procedures and carry out a fire drill to remind staff of procedures and practice your evacuation procedures.
  5. Carry out a hazard spotting assessment inside and outside of any business premises, and remove or reduce as much as possible any possible sources of ignition.
  6. Reduce the amount of flammable materials stored or used in the premises and make sure what is left is stored in a lockable fire resisting store.

Community Protection Manager Baz Fox said: “By being properly prepared for an emergency businesses can minimise any disruption and make sure they get back up and running as quickly as possible.

“We have contingency plans in place and will be continuing to respond to emergencies, but this is a testing time for fire and rescue services across the country so anything that communities can do to help protect themselves and reduce the risk of fire is very helpful.

“We would also like to remind people that as always, only call 999 in an emergency.”

For more information

More information about fire safety for businesses is available on the fire webpages.

They can also follow the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Twitter account @northantsfire and Like their Facebook page.