While we all deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, Dorset &Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to support the owners and managers of buildings and businesses. You must be aware of your legal responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), and ensure that these continue to be met.
- Responsible persons must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and review on a regular basis. Guidance can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/article/9/made
- Regularly and routinely inspect fire alarms, emergency lighting, and fire precautions in line with current standards.
- Escape routes are to be kept clear.
- Do not prop open fire doors to minimise contact with door handles. Ensure that public health advice on hand washing is followed.
- Protect your premises from any risks of arson.
- Provide your staff with information, fire safety instruction and training.
- You may wish to review your risk assessment if staffing levels change following the pandemic.
- Carry out a review and assessment of any essential maintenance during this time.
The Service is not carrying out routine fire safety visits during this period; however, please be aware that enforcement and prohibition work will continue.
Advice to businesses when returning to work
Now businesses are starting to operate again, there are some key fire safety matters for you to consider. This leaﬂet is designed to provide some helpful assistance.
The National Fire Chiefs Council has also produced detailed guidance to help businesses to protect against Covid 19 – click here to view.
Further guidance on carrying out a risk assessment is available here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-your-premises-safe-from-fire
If you have a general fire safety enquiry regarding commercial property, please email email@example.com and the Fire Safety Team will respond during office hours.