End of lockdown advice for your business

30/11/2020

​As we look forward to coming out of the second lockdown, businesses are preparing to open their doors once again.

While you respond quickly to new announcements and revisit risk assessments, fire safety may not have been at the forefront of planning. We want to reiterate our advice to businesses around Nottinghamshire.

New screens put in place to comply the COVID-19 guidelines must not obstruct smoke detections, businesses must have enough trained staff to support evacuation procedures and ensure social distancing measures do not impact evacuation procedures or the ability of emergency services to help you.

Help Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service by reducing false alarms, which currently accounts for around 40% of all emergency calls. You can do this by regular maintenance and testing that will help identify faults which can be fixed in a timely manner. We are also asking you to protect your business from Arson.

We want businesses to know that as a Service, we will still support you during the pandemic. Please see our new COVID-19 Guidance page for a range of resources to help you keep your business and employees safe from fire during this time. We have a set of Frequently Asked Questions, covering how to protect your business whilst it's closed, what to do if your building has temporarily changed its use, and even how to maintain social distancing at the Assembly Point during an evacuation.

We also have a ‘Return to Work’ leaflet for you to download and print off for when it’s time to re-open, a range of webinars covering specific COVID advice, and signposts to national guidance from the National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC).

Keep an eye on our Twitter page, and you can contact your local fire protection team for any questions.

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