Fire safety in the workplace is more important than ever, as many companies make changes to their premises as a result of the Covid pandemic.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is urging county businesses to take steps to keep their staff and property safe. Businesses may have moved to different sites, be working in different ways, or have introduced different measures like improved ventilation or different desk spacing.
The service offers free fire safety advice and guidance to businesses across the county.
Ysanne Spafford, Fire Safety Inspector, said: "Business owners or 'Responsible Persons' must review their fire risk assessments regularly and where any workplace changes are made, particularly in response to the pandemic. It's important that any changes haven't compromised fire safety.
"Our team can also offer a range of advice to businesses, including protecting your premises from arson, and reducing false alarms in the workplace. Both of these can have a serious impact on your productivity, and increase pressure on fire service resources."
Top tips for businesses:
- make sure your fire escape routes are not blocked in any way
- fire doors should always be kept shut and never propped open.
- ensure staff are suitably trained in your own fire safety procedures
- check and maintain fire equipment, including extinguishers and smoke alarms
- review your fire risk assessments regularly
More guidance and checklists can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr.
Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, executive councillor for emergency services, said:
"Lincolnshire businesses have already faced challenging times and we want to help prevent further disruption and support our economy to thrive. We want to make all business owners aware of their responsibilities and to offer support and advice
"Fire safety in the workplace is so important to keep both your premises and occupants safe from fire, as well as complying with legislation designed to protect staff and visitors."
You can get in touch with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue's community fire protection team for free advice at [email protected] or by calling 01522 555777.