Many London businesses will be opening on 4th July – London Fire Risk Assessments are introducing a LFRA Covid-Safe discount code for customers booking a Fire Safety Inspection for July, August or September – just playing their part in helping businesses recover!

From the 4th July London Pubs, Bars and Restaurants will be able to open – such a long awaited sign that Covid-19 may be under control!

That said, London Pubs, Bars and Restaurants must have a Fire Risk Assessment in place reflecting their premise as it is today! If you need help contact London Fire Risk Assessments – we have been providing support throughout the pandemic and now we are offering a special LFRA Covid-Safe discount code to help business meet their Fire Safety obligations at a reduced cost.

Call London Fire Risk Assessments now on 0781 8888626 and book your Fire Safety Inspection or click here.

Covid-19 and working from Home – time to have a Fire Safety check to keep you and your family safe!

With thousands of people across the country working from home, playing their part in the war against Covid-19, it may be time to take just a few minutes to do a Fire Safety check!

A few things to consider:

Electrical – with families being isolated, technology is playing a huge part in keeping everyone connected and entertained. Double check that you are not overloading extension leads, sockets are not showing signs of overheating and chargers are not left plugged in and unattended.

Heaters – it may be Spring but there is still a nip in the air so the heating may be on in the evenings. Double check that soft furnishing, clothes and other combustible materials are away from the heater and never cover electric convector heaters.

Smoking – you may or may not smoke in the house but if you do try not to smoke in bed or if you are feeling sleepy. Make sure you extinguish the cigarette properly and always use an ashtray or metal container.

Candles – creating an atmosphere and a change of mood is a nice idea, an excuse to dress up and enjoy a nice meal! Never leave a candle unattended and never position them near soft furnishings and finally make sure you extinguish them properly!

Know the Plan – London Fire Brigade have had a long running campaign to encourage families to ‘know the plan’ in case of an emergency. Make sure that the means of escape out of the home is kept clear and everyone knows what to do if things went wrong! This is particularly important if you have vulnerable or disabled persons in the home.

If you need any further advice on Fire Safety then contact London Fire Risk Assessments on 0781 8888626 or email information@londonfireriskassessments.co.uk our advice is free!

Unoccupied Buildings – Fire Safety Guidance

Unoccupied buildings continue to generate significant findings and concerns caused mainly by deliberate Fires, theft of fixtures and fittings and malicious damage.

Insurance Companies see an increase in the number of claims when Premises, Buildings are not in use, which they believe could have been prevented if the properties were properly secured and effectively managed.

In order to help persons protect these properties, a leading Insurance Company have developed the following guidance to outline the level of protection they recommend for vacant properties.

“Fire – the most common cause of fire in the United Kingdom is deliberate Fire setting (arson). Unoccupied Premises, Buildings are particularly vulnerable as they are unattended and therefore become a target of thieves and vandals, who often also start Fires for reasons including to destroy evidence of committed crimes.

To reduce the risk of deliberate Fires, it is very important to ensure that all material that could help to start and spread a Fire is removed from both inside and outside of the Premise, Building.

Non occupied sites can also be vulnerable to fly-tipping, therefore it is also important that a regular inspections regime is implemented to ensure that any damage to the Premise, Building or accumulations of waste and rubbish are quickly addressed.

It is typical that once minor damage has been caused to a property or low level fly tipping takes place, this tends to escalate into more damage and larger incidents. Prompt repairs and waste removal are essential to minimise the risk of the property being targeted for further attack.

It should be considered if it is appropriate for Mains electrical services to be disconnected, other than circuits required for Fire alarms or intruder alarm systems.

Contents and fixtures are often left in the buildings, which provide ready fuel for a Fire and it should be decided if these should be removed or minimalised. Additionally any internal doors that are missing or left open should be repaired and closed. Such actions can assist significantly in preventing a Fire from developing quickly and minimise damage in the event of a Fire taking place.”

London Fire Risk Assessments advice is for you to inform your insurance Company of any proposed closure or any other circumstance which could affect any future Claim. Also, even unoccupied Buildings should still be the subject of appropriate Risk Assessments, including an up to date Fire Risk Assessment. If you need help with this call us on 0781 8888626 or email and we will talk you through the best way for you to complete a Fire Risk Assessment.

London Fire Risk Assessments – message from MD Clive Lewis TIFireE

London Fire Risk Assessments is continuing a working lifetime’s vocation in Firefighting and Fire Safety, devoted and committed to saving lives and we are “Self-Isolating” and “Working from Home”.

We are only an e-mail or telephone call away and we are available, as always to help you with any Fire Safety concerns you may have.

Remember our advice is free – Keep safe!

London Fire Risk Assessments Approach To The Coronavirus

LFRA’s Obligation:

The Appointment will be cancelled and hopefully rescheduled as soon as possible if the designated Assessor is unwell.

LFRA will confirm on the morning of the appointment if the Inspection is to take place.

This will be after the following steps have been taken:

The appointed Risk Assessor will take his/her temperature before he/she leaves the office/home. If their temperature is above 37 degree centigrade the inspection will be terminated.

If the Risk Assessor or any of his/her family members have any Coronavirus symptoms (i.e. Temperature, Sore Throat, Dry Cough) OR has contact with any persons with Coronavirus symptoms the Inspection will be terminated.

Procedures for the Assessor:

The Assessor will wash his/her hands with soap and water. If the facilities are unavailable, he/she will use a sanitiser immediately before and after the inspection.

The Assessor will not have any contact (i.e. shaking hands) with the Clients or the representative.

The Assessor will keep the recommended distance (2 meters min) from other persons and will, as far as possible, avoid contact with any surfaces.

Any items the Assessor brings to site will be disinfected.

If the Assessor sneezes or coughs whilst onsite he/she will use a tissue and place it in a plastic bag (which will be provided by LFRA) and disposed of accordingly.

If either the Assessor or the Client is “uncomfortable” at anytime, then either party can terminate the Inspection.

All LFRA Report Folders will be wiped with disinfectant before packaging and posting.

CLIENT’S OBLIGATION:

As far as possible the Client is to confirm on the morning of the Inspection/Audit that all employees are clear of Coronavirus symptoms.

If possible, hand washing facilities to be made available.

The Client or the representative will not attempt any physical contact with the Assessor.

The Client or representative must maintain a safe distance.

All keys given to the Assessor to access cupboards and service rooms must be wiped with disinfectant.

All relevant persons should continue to follow existing Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work

THESE ARE UNPRESEDENTED TIMES AND WE HOPE THAT BY WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN MAINTAIN BUSINESS CONTINUITY.