Stay safe checklist for businesses

24th September 2013

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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