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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is urging business owners and dutyholders to ensure that social distancing and protection measures do not impact on fire safety as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
- Carry out a full review fire safety risk assessment as soon as possible.
- Ensure measures such as plastic screens to support social distancing do not hamper fire safety measures including sprinklers or smoke detectors.
- Keep escape routes clear from obstruction at all times to ensure quick exit in an emergency or during a fire drill as covid-19 measures could hamper fire escape plans.
- Evacuation strategies affected by staffing levels should be revisited to ensure they are still robust and adequate staff numbers exist to support any evacuation of people from a building, including residents
- Arrange for additional waste collections if necessary to avoid a build up causing an obstruction and to help drive down the potential for wilful fire raising.
- While it is important to observe the two-metre social distancing rule wherever possible during the coronavirus pandemic, it is vital that people always exit a building as quickly and safely as possible, using all available means of escape in the event of a fire.
- Any external queuing systems in place outside of businesses should also be designed to ensure they do not hamper the ability of emergency services to access a building when required to do so - quickly.
- Ensure stock of alcohol based sanitisers are stored safely and away from any sources of ignition.
We are here to help keep you safe, but you can help us by taking steps to ensure the risk of fire within your business or premises is reduced and you comply with fire law.
For further information contact your local fire safety enforcement office.