New video launched to help local businesses stay fire safe

On Business Fire Safety Week (5-11 September), Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) have launched a new video highlighting the measures business owners and responsible persons can put in place to keep safe from fire.


The video is aimed at small and medium sized local businesses - including takeaways, retail outlets, guest houses and many others - to support businesses in what can seem like a confusing process.

Zena Cole, Business Fire Safety Officer, said: "We're passionate about helping local business owners keep their premises, customers and staff safe from fire.

"I hope this short video goes some way in clarifying the role of local businesses in fire safety and explain how they can ensure their business can stay safe from fire."

Watch the video.

Fire safety law for businesses changed in October 2006, when the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was introduced. From this date, the responsibility for the fire safety of anyone using business premises was placed with the business owner.

Zena added: "It is the responsible persons duty to ensure their businesses comply with the law. We're here to support business owners and responsible persons to ensure their premises comply with the law and ultimately, have the right precautions in place to reduce fire risk.

"Our focus remains on preventing fires and coaching local businesses to comply, when necessary we will enforce the regulations."

Find out more about the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 on our website:

To read a short guide to keeping your business premises safe, please visit the NFCC website: Business Safety Week ( The short guide is available in: English, Welsh, Polish, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Chinese and Turkish.

If you require a different language, including British Sign Lanaguage (BSL), please get in touch.