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Fireshield Fire Protection Ltd | Unit 29 | Fourth Avenue

Westfield Industrial Estate

Midsomer Norton

Radstock

BA3 4XE

Company Reg. No. 3558344 | Vat. No. 674 4289 03

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.

As you'll be aware, this is a fast-moving situation and we'll keep you updated if circumstances change.

The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

  • The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so and use hand sanitiser.

  • To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

We have robust and tested risk and business continuity systems in place and these are being continually reviewed and adapted in line with the changing advice and guidance from government and health experts.

Our telephone and email communication will continue to be monitored

The Fire Industry Association CEO, Ian Moore 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)

Fire Engineers carry out a mission-critical job to not only fix but maintain fire systems and products such as extinguishers, fire alarms systems etc. We have real first-hand knowledge and evidence of the dangerous and potentially deadly effects that a lack of maintenance on fire systems can lead to.

FIRE SAFETY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

During this extraordinary situation, it must be noted that fire safety cannot be put on hold. Fire does not discriminate, and it is important that your fire safety policy is well maintained appropriately.

As BAFE Registered Companies will be aware, there are certain time period requirements when service and maintenance work should be performed for fire safety provisions and systems.

Restriction of access to site

It is understandable that premises management would be restricting access for fire safety providers to their buildings at present. It is also very understandable that business continuity and the welfare of staff is your primary concern.

If your business premises are now closed this could be an ideal time to ensure your fire safety systems and provisions have been or could be maintained suitably according to legislation. However, we must stress only do this at present if it is safe to do so. If you are unable to fulfil your scheduled maintenance of fire safety provisions, please take measures to ensure any people in the building will remain safe (and document actions) and return to your regular fire safety policy and scheduled work/maintenance when appropriate. Your specified fire safety providers/local Fire and Rescue Service will be able to advise further.

Lockdown

In the event of a lockdown, Emergency callouts could prevent any additional/unnecessary false alarms for example. This will reduce any strain on emergency services from attending with additional responsibilities they may face moving forward. Information is changing by the hour, and we will endeavour to keep you updated where possible.

Be safe

The fire safety industry actions are somewhat invisible to the public, but it is of extreme importance in reducing risk from fire. We know that this industry cares so much about fire safety and will endeavour to help you as required. The coronavirus is affecting the way we all work, but we know that where possible BAFE Registered Companies and their staff will continue to keep the nation safe from needless danger.

In the event of a lockdown, Emergency callouts could prevent any additional/unnecessary false alarms for example. This will reduce any strain on emergency services from attending with additional responsibilities they may face moving forward. Information is changing by the hour, and we will endeavour to keep you updated where possible.