Fire strike safety warning to Isle businesses

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Isle businesses are urged to take extra care with safety as firefighters prepare to take industrial action next week.

There will be a reduced fire service on Wednesday between noon and 4pm, after talks over pensions broke down between the Fire Brigades’ Union and the Government.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Safety at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Chris Blacksell, said: “While industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking local businesses to take extra steps to reduce the risk of fire.

“It is imperative that businesses ensure their fire risk assessments are up to date and that safety arrangements are robust enough to ensure, in the event of a fire, everyone can escape the building quickly and easily.”

He added. “Businesses have a legal requirement for the person responsible to have a fire risk assessment and to review it if any risks in the building change. With reduced fire cover, adopting fire safe behavior becomes increasingly important.”

Suggested precautions are:

Review your risk assessment and emergency plan – make sure it’s up to date.

Make sure your fire detection systems are working and everyone in the building(s) understands what they need to do should it activate.

Practise your emergency evacuation plan to ensure your staff and visitors can escape quickly and easily.

Ensure fire warden training is up to date.

Reduce fire hazards – keep sources of ignition well away from flammable materials or substances.

Ask staff to be vigilant and report any concerns.

Keep escape routes free from obstacles.

Keep fire doors shut (they should always be shut anyway).

Switch off electrical equipment when not in use.

Make sure any fire fighting equipment works.

Reduce risk of arson – minimise the build-up of rubbish and store in a safe place. Keep your building secure.

If you have a fire, evacuate the building and call ‘999’.

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