As local firefighters plan to take industrial action tomorrow, Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 12.00 (noon) until 16:00, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service share with us their checklist to help businesses stay safe.
Employers need to:
Carry out a fire risk assessment
Produce a written emergency plan
Ensure that employees know about the risks present in the workplace
Ensure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency
Train your staff to know what to do in the event of fire
Maintain the premises and any fire related facilities, equipment and devices
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Evacuation procedures
Do the people who use your buildings know how to get out in the event of an emergency?
Have you recently checked your fire escapes are clearly signed and accessible and that your fire-safety equipment is in proper working order?

When did you last have your lifts serviced?
Does everyone know who to call if your lift breaks down and how long it would take for them to respond?
Does the lift alarm system work?

Safety and security
Are your premises ever unattended? If so, when did you last check they are secure?
If you store any dangerous substances, are they being kept in an appropriate manner?
Have you checked recently for any fire risks such as large amounts of rubbish or recycling?

Automatic Fire Alarms
Have you got suitable procedures to quickly and safely investigate the cause of a fire alarm actuation before calling the fire & Rescue Service?
Does everyone know how to contact the engineer if the alarm goes off when there is no fire?

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