Guidance for Care and Healthcare Providers

Fire safety and prevention advice for Care and Healthcare providers during Coronavirus.  

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service recognises the critical impact the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) is having on the UK and in particular the Healthcare environment therefore our dedicated Healthcare team has provided some specific guidance to support our Care premises with existing fire safety arrangements consistence to that within the care sector and maintaining a safe environment for their occupants throughout this unprecedented period.

All care provided facilities should therefore review their fire risk assessment and Emergency Procedures/Plans in light of the impact COVID-19 may be having on their staffing levels, evacuation arrangements, training and maintenance.

It may also be advisable for the Responsible Person (RP) to consult with their insurers when considering risk assessment and mitigation. It should be noted that the insurer’s role is not to determine compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RR(FS)O 2005), that remains with the Fire Rescue Service (FRS).

Guidance information

Further information

Please stay safe and may SWFRS take this opportunity to commend you for your continual efforts and dedication in putting yourselves at risk whilst assisting those who are most vulnerable during this difficult period.

Further guidance can be found via the National Fire Chiefs Council Covid-19 information for businesses.

 

Fire Safety Alert:
Recent fires involving Laundry processes – Critical consideration

Laundry facilities may not be functioning as they would have before the pandemic, therefore we recommend that consideration be given to:

  • Laundry work is conducted in normal day time hours.
  • Regular maintenance and cleaning of filters is carried out.
  • Laundry room doors are kept closed whenever the room is unoccupied.
  • Laundry containing emollients or oils are washed on a high enough temperature to release particles before entering the drying cycle.