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Top Retail Fire Safety Tips!

Issues, advice and top tips for retail fire safety

Retail fire safety, customers, property and staff protection and is your concern. However, our concern is making sure your concerns are reduced and are only concerns and not catastrophes! So read on, take our tips and reduce your risk of a retail fire!

1. Queues

Nobody enjoys a queue, including fire safety authorities. No matter how big or small your retail venue is, you must ensure that the emergency exits are always kept clear. Therefore, this means making sure queue lines aren’t obstructing escape routes, stairways and exits. Customer safety is your concern, so don’t let long queues become more than just an annoying delay to the purchasing desk.


2. Fire Risk Assessment for your retail premises

With a Fire Risk Assessment, any provisions needed in the retail premises will be evaluated. It will identify any hazards which need to be removed and any risks which need to be reduced. The assessment will highlight crucial actions required if a fire within the retail premises occurs.


3. Fire Practice

Within retail, fire drills are often difficult to carry out. However, they must be completed at least once a year. All full time and temporary members of staff should be aware of the full evacuation process. If your staff are more experienced in Fire Training, the smoother the evacuation process!


4. Store/Stock Rooms

Firstly, boxes should be stored in designated areas, away from any heat sources and in places that won’t obstruct walkways or doors. Empty boxes should be disposed of appropriately as clutter can lead to casualties. If you don’t have adequate room for it, don’t store it!


5. Shelving

Are your shelves stopping your Sprinkler System from doing its thing? If your shop is full to the brim, then a fire is much more likely, full stop. If your sprinklers are obstructed by stock, then they will not be able to perform to their optimum. Therefore, keep your stock spaced at least 45cm away from your sprinklers.


6. Retail Practical Fire Extinguishers

Within the retail environment, the influx of many bodies during opening hours subsequently increases the opportunity for fire extinguishers to be tampered with.


Take retail fire safety seriously. Customers, staff, stock and the retail premises are in your hands. Therefore, if you need more guidance or information on a Fire Risk Assessment, call us now on 0845 402 3045 or email

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