For details on our approach to enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic and other advice please see below:
Desk top audits
From the 18th March members of the protection department will be making desk top audits via the telephone over the coming weeks to support businesses.
Under the requirements of The (fire safety) Order 2005, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service must continue to enforce fire safety legislation to keep the public and businesses safe. If at the time of the call you are not able to answer the questions due to business needs you will be offered an appointment at a scheduled time agreeable by both parties. This appointment will be confirmed by email from the officer who will be carrying out the desk top audit.
In normal circumstances the audit would be carried out by visiting your premises, however this is not advisable due to current Government guidance. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service staff will be asking questions relating to fire safety processes and procedures and asking for supporting documents to be sent to them. This is relevant to support the fire risk assessment for your premises and answers to the questions we are asking.
The information we collect from you will be used to update our contact details and will be used as part of the risk based assessment when we carry out a physical audit post restrictions relating to COVID 19.
The data collected will be stored centrally and securely within Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for the reasons mentioned at the beginning of the call. This may be used to invite you to free Cheshire Fire and Rescue seminars and/or fire safety events. We keep the minimum amount of data possible and do not share this with any third party.
Amendments during the COVID-19 restrictions
Information to be added soon.
Latest news and updates from our Protection team:
07/04/2020 - Whilst we all try and cope with COVID-19, fire safety in your business remains a priority. If changes have been made to how your premises is used, staffed or managed then consider the impact on fire safety.
01/04/2020 - Has the COVID-19 situation triggered your Business Continuity plan? Did you have a plan in the first place? If you need to make improvements or create a plan we offer free templates to help businesses put them in place.
01/04/2020 - Fire Doors need to be closed at all times in order to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. They must never be propped or wedged open as it compromises the safety of people inside the building, putting them at serious risk, should a fire occur.
01/04/2020 - If your business is closed why not use the time to check fire safety processes you have in place. If you need support or guidance go to our dedicated business safety section.
31/03/2020 - Businesses holding or storing extra stock beware! Check fire exits and walkways are never blocked, keeping your business, staff and customers safe.
27/03/2020 - Are you a business that's storing an increased level of flammable products at this current time? If so then you need to read our fire safety advice and adapt your procedures accordingly.
23/03/2020 - During these challenging times it is still important to follow your fire risk assessment / fire safety within commercial premises. Fire doors need to remain closed. Do NOT be tempted to wedge them open to avoid people touching the door.
Increased storage of flammable products
Are you storing increased flammable products due to demand relating to COVID-19?
The presence of large amounts of flammables in a premises means that a fire involving the flammables will grow quicker. This in turn means that you have less time to get out of the area. As such, you should look to introduce measures which provide faster warning of fire, shorten the time it takes to get out, and to increase the time available to get out.
Find out more - Increased storage of flammable products
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