Fire Risk Assessment helps save commercial property
Tue 17 May, 2016
Fire safety officers are urging business owners to make sure their fire risk assessments are up to date, following a fire at a joiners in Lane End Road, High Wycombe.
Two appliances and crews from High Wycombe, one from Beaconsfield and an officer attended the fire involving a car, two industrial skips and two LPG cylinders on Sunday (15 May 2016). They used two hose reels and two sets of breathing apparatus, and were fighting the fire for over an hour.
The officer in charge, Watch Commander Alex Strand, has praised the business owner whose recent fire risk assessment highlighted the importance of moving combustible materials away from the building.
Alex said: “In the days leading up to the fire, the business owner had ensured through fire risk assessment and business continuity plans that all the company’s waste items were stored away from the building.
“This was a severe fire and if the combustible items were stored any closer we would have been facing a completely different scenario. The forward thinking of the business owner prompted by the risk assessment he had undertaken, has undoubtedly saved the business.
“It is really important that all business premises have regular fire risk assessments undertaken by a competent person. We have a team of specialist officers who would be happy to give advice on the guidance documents, and compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Alternatively you can follow the self-assessment form (found here) and fire risk assessment guidance for different types of commercial premises (found here)."
The cause of the fire is believed to have been arson and is being investigated by Thames Valley Police.
If you would like to speak to a fire safety officer, please use the following contact numbers:
- Aylesbury Vale/Chiltern: 01296 744400
- Wycombe/South Bucks: 01628 470640
- Milton Keynes: 01908 236413