‘Tis the season to be jolly…it is also the season to make sure that your business premises and staff, are safe and secure. UK Crime Statistics show that crime rates increase significantly in December and January each year.
With many businesses busy in the run up to Christmas, it is essential to make sure that fire & security systems are working correctly and that procedures are not overlooked.
Follow our five point guide below to make sure that you, your staff and customers stay safe and secure.
1. Be prepared for the holiday period
Communicate details of operating hours over the holiday period, confirm keyholders and availability and assign responsibility for safety and security whilst the premises are empty. Fire alarm testing does not have a holiday; ensure that testing continues over the holiday period. If you have remote monitoring, notify your provider of your operating hours.
2. Make sure you have visibility and control of access to the premises
Over the Christmas period many businesses see an increase in staff, customers and deliveries. Be aware of everyone entering and exiting the premises and check monitoring and access control systems are working correctly.
3. Who’s locking up?
Ensure that there is a clear security procedure in place for closing up and try to make sure the procedure is not left to one person. There is safety in numbers and it provides a useful double check that everything is safe and secure. Where possible, try not to leave items of value on display.
4. Be seen
Check all lights and security systems are working correctly and cover all areas before you close. Premises should be well lit and have all areas covered by CCTV, displaying clearly with signage that the premises are monitored. This will act as a deterrent for criminals.
5. Deck the halls…safely!
Christmas trees, lights and decorations adorning the workplace are wonderful, however, do remember that they are potential fire hazards. Check that all sockets conform to British Standard (BS EN 60598) and don’t overload them. Always switch lights off and put appliances in safe mode when the premises are closed.
Avoid putting decorations and Christmas trees near a heat source and make sure they do not block fire exits and refuge points. If you are closing for an extended period over the holidays, we do advise that the heating is not completely switched off to avoid pipes freezing.
If you have any concerns about fire safety and security for your business, particularly over the holiday season, please call us for advice.
Our operations teams are on call over the Christmas period, giving you complete reassurance that we are here to help should you need us.