With restaurants, pubs and bars re-opening soon, but with social distancing measures still in place, some businesses may be considering erecting a temporary structure, such as a marquee to aid their business. Should you be considering this idea, don’t forget to take into account the following advice:
- Ensure your fire risk assessment is reviewed, taking into account the temporary structure or marquee.
- Manage the occupancy figures for the structure/marquee so it doesn’t exceed the maximum capacity.
- Have a clear escape route. The travel distance should not be excessive for anybody needing to evacuate in an emergency.
- Ensure that the temporary structure/marquee doesn’t impede or prevent other fire exit doors from opening correctly from the main building.
- If you are planning on having a barbecue, make sure that it is kept at a safe distance away from the structure/marquee. Find more barbecue safety advice here.
- Staff fire safety training should incorporate the new area of the premises and staff should be made aware of their responsibilities in the event of a fire.
- Ensure that all fire-fighting equipment is in good working condition and has been serviced in accordance with the British Standards.
- All fire alarm systems and emergency lighting for the premises must be serviced correctly and are tested in accordance with their respective British Standards.
Your fire risk assessor should be available to provide you with additional fire safety advice whilst re-opening your business again.