Safety advice

If the electricity fails

If the electricity fails

Find out how to stay safe during a power cut

Smoking

Smoking

More people in the UK die in fires started by cigarettes than any other type of fire

Kitchen safety

Kitchen safety

The majority of house fires we are called to attend start accidentally in the kitchen. 

Business safety

Better Business for All

Better Business for All

Help us help you comply with the law in the West of England- your opinion matters! Local authorities in the West of England want to save you time and money, and...

Business Safety Week

Business Safety Week

Fire Safety Officers from Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be offering businesses safety information to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK...

Fire Risk Assessments

Fire Risk Assessments

Useful information on how to assess your business and keep your customers and employees safe

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Incidents

16 Jan

Man rescued from property by local build…

Elvard Road, Bishopsworth Builders working on a nearby property rescued a resident from his flat when...

09 Jan

Two rescued after car and van collide at…

Stoke Hill, Chew Stoke Firefighters have rescued two people following a road traffic collision involving a...

08 Jan

Man rescued from St George house fire

Beaufort Road, St George, Bristol Firefighters have rescued one man from a house fire in Bristol. The...

06 Jan

Crews tackle fire at University of Brist…

Woodland Road, Cotham, Bristol Firefighters have extinguished a fire at a five storey University of Bristol...

28 Dec

Multiple crews called to a fire at a der…

Rossall Avenue, Little Stoke  Firefighters from Patchway, Southmead, Temple and Kingswood fire stations attended a fire...

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Business Safety Week

business safety week logoFire Safety Officers from Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be offering businesses safety information to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK Business Safety Week from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your business you can contact our Technical Fire Safety Team using the details on our business safety homepage.

 

 

Business owner’s responsibilities

If you are a business owner or you responsible for a business premises the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order means legally you must reduce the risk of fire and ensure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

Non-compliance can lead to enforcement which could pose a financial, legal and reputational risk to your business.

You must:

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment and review it regularly;
  • Create an emergency plan and ensure you know what to do if a fire does occur in your premises or at a nearby premises;
  • Maintain and regularly test any fire protection equipment and
  • Induct and train all employees when they start work and ensure there are periodic refreshers

For further information, you can read the pages within the Business Safety section of our website and visit the .gov website

Being compliant with the law means you are protecting your business, premises and employees and you are prepared if there is a fire.

 

False alarms

False alarms disrupt employees and customers and are also expensive for businesses and fire and rescue services.

We were called out to 5510 false alarms in 2015.

  • Repeated false alarms from your business are a sign that you should review your procedures.
  • False alarms can be caused by unmaintained detection equipment or because the wrong detector is positioned in the wrong place.
  • If you need advice on reducing false alarms contact a Fire Safety Officer

Please refer to The Chief Fire Officers Association website for some useful information. 

 

Christmas is approaching

shopping mall at ChristmasBusinesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period.

The new recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff.

This time of year is a good opportunity to remind all employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training to ensure existing staff know the importance of fire safety.

As stock levels start to increase in the build up to the festive period make sure stairs and exits are clear.