Our COVID-19 Safety Advice
With more people staying at home, we are asking everyone to be extra careful, to avoid fires happening in the first place.
If you’re at home because you’re ill or self-isolating, please take extra care if you’re cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Always ‘Watch what you heat’.
Switch off any electrical items you’re not using.
If you use a charger, for a phone or laptop for example, don’t leave it plugged in and switched on when you’re asleep or not using it.
And if you use a portable heater, remember not to put it close to things that could easily catch fire, like bedding, clothes, soft furnishings or curtains.
If you smoke, be extra vigilant. Keep matches and lighters away from children, and double check that your cigarette is properly extinguished. Try not to smoke if you’ve been drinking alcohol, and avoid smoking in bed or if you’re feeling sleepy. If you can do so safely, smoke outdoors.
Whenever possible, especially when you’re asleep, keep all internal doors closed. This helps to stop fire spreading.
If a fire does happen, don’t be tempted to tackle it yourself. Get out (closing doors as you go), stay out and call 999.
We will update this page when we have any further information to add.
Please share these messages with friends and family, wherever they are.
Business Safety Advice
Many businesses and other venues in the West Midlands are affected by COVID-19.
Here’s our general advice to help you try to keep your premises and any remaining staff or visitors safe from fire.
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- If your premises are unoccupied, ensure that all electrical appliances are switched off and the plugs are removed from sockets
- ensure that all fire doors are securely closed
- consider impact of waste storage and build up, which could pose a fire risk
- think about how any reduced maintenance provision for your premises could cause a fire risk
- if you are the responsible person for a business or site then fire risk assessments and other legal obligations relating to the safety of your site, staff and visitors still apply, so review these as necessary. You can find out more on our fire safety page
- for healthcare, care homes and similar sites with specialist staged evacuation procedures
- ensure you have sufficient staffing levels to maintain your procedures effectively
- review your emergency plan and risk assessments to ensure the safety of any visitors
- contact us if you believe you may experience difficulties evacuating visitors, patients or residential areas due to low staffing
- if a fire does occur, dial 999 at the earliest opportunity and inform our operators that an evacuation is in progress.
Please share these messages with colleagues, staff and responsible persons, wherever relevant.
You can click here to read and download our fire safety advice for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.