FIRE SAFETY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC
Hello, we hope you are well
We would first like to assure you that we remain open for all products and services.
Fire safety should not be put on hold and there has been no relaxation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Fire does not discriminate, and it is important that your fire safety policy is maintained appropriately during this extraordinary situation. However, there is inevitably no certainty as to how this will be met under the new rules.
The health, safety and wellbeing of Fireshield customers, staff and associates is our absolute priority.
We have taken steps to protect and support our staff and we have implemented strict cleaning and sanitising protocols which are being continually reviewed and adapted in line with the changing advice and guidance from government and health experts.
The Fire Industry Association has been informed that James Brokenshire (Minister of State for Security at the Home Office) has extended the Key Worker status to all Third Party Certificated fire safety providers actively working to improve public fire safety.
“Security & Fire safety personnel can play a vital role at this time of national challenge. People working in these sectors who are essential to national infrastructure are “Key Workers” for the purposes of the Government’s guidance on COVID-19”
James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Security at the Home Office
If your premises are now closed this could be an ideal time to ensure your fire safety systems and provisions are maintained suitably according to legislation. However, we must stress only do this at present if it is safe to do so.
Judgement and sensible interpretation are needed in any decision to go ahead with any maintenance requirement. Should the decision be that attendance is required then the strictest rules on social distancing, personal hygiene, individual travel arrangements and PPE must be planned and followed.
If you are unable to fulfil your scheduled maintenance please take measures to ensure all staff will remain safe and return to your regular fire safety policy and scheduled maintenance as soon as this is possible. It is also suggested you obtain agreement, in writing, from your insurance company to approve any delay.
If you are the responsible person for a business or site it is important that, as changes are made to adapt to Covid 19, they are considered in the context of your fire risk assessment and any significant hazards which arise are recorded.
If your premises are unoccupied, it is important that all fire doors are securely closed, all electrical appliances are switched off and plugs removed from sockets, and whether any waste storage or build-up could pose a risk of arson.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or require any further information.
Best regards and stay safe.