Your business fire alarm goes off and you await the blue flashing lights and the siren, letting you know a Kent Fire brigade crew is on its way to check out the premises. Correct? Not since the introduction of new regulations on 2 April this year.
Under changes to Kent Fire and Rescue Services (KFRS) policy, anyone responsible for a property where an alarm is sounding must confirm to 999 staff that there is a fire, or signs of a fire before any crew is sent to investigate.
A KFRS spokesman explained: "This is an extension of the policy introduced in April, 2012, which affected daytime calls. All premises with automatic fire alarm systems will need to ensure their fire risk assessment reflects the change to the policy, that procedures are in place to confirm a fire and that all staff and occupants affected by the changes are aware of what to do when the alarm sounds."
The spokesman outlined the responsibility on those responsible for premises:
One businessman who is grateful for having had a visit by FSS staff is Binny Amin, who runs the supermarkets Blean Village Londis and Whitstable Budgen's. He told us: "I thought I knew my business and that the fire risks were obvious. However, since you conducted the very detailed and extremely clear fire risk assessment, you have transformed the shop to a high standard and I now feel confident that everything has been done to protect my staff when I am not in the premises. Thanks for the reports and the fire extinguishers."
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