Many restaurants and businesses are reopening after lockdown. Everyday business may not look the same as it used to as people and businesses adhere to government guidelines but it is still vital to prioritise fire safety.
Fire Safety in Newly Reopened Restaurants
Many restaurants have reopened – albeit now with most only offering takeaway options. Even though restaurants won’t have the same numbers of people inside, fire safety in restaurants should still be taken seriously.
With open flames, cooking equipment and electrical appliances, restaurant kitchens are always at high risk of fire. A fire can devastate your restaurant and cause disruption and loss of revenues, as well as potential injuries. Not only that, but failure to meet Government fire regulations can land you in legal trouble.
So it is essential that you have protective measures in place to help you deal with the worst-case scenario.
A carefully placed fire curtain between the kitchen and the bar may be the most sensible option, but one of our expert advisors would be more than happy to make other suggestions specific to your premises.
Fire Safety Considerations as People Return to the Office
Many people have returned to the daily commute and are spending their days in the office. While good news for many, there is still a fire safety aspect that needs to be taken into account.
No matter how digital an office becomes, there is still likely to be a pile of paperwork, a number of workstations, a network of energy supplies and cables, and a team of people. When electrical items, combustible materials, and people combine, in any environment, the risk of fire can’t be ignored.
Understandably, the bigger the office and the workforce, the more complex the fire safety requirements become, but it is all part of the same legally responsible and legally enforceable set of regulations.
Working From Home
While many have returned to the office, a growing number of people are continuing to work from home.
Home workers need to make sure that they understand how fire safety regulations apply to them, even if they’re only working from home one day a week.
Whether the home office is a separate room in the home or just a simple workstation nestled into a small corner of the home, the home is now a workplace and the homeworker becomes responsible for fire safety.
This includes having regularly tested smoke alarms, looking after and checking electrical appliances, not overloading wall sockets, and avoiding keeping flammable materials near your wires.