Bexhill businesses are being urged to make fire prevention a priority – despite all the challenges currently being posed by Covid-19.
East Sussex fire chiefs are warning that 60% of firms never fully recover from a significant blaze at their premises.
Mark Andrews, the assistant chief fire officer, is worried that businesses will become distracted by wider problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Many companies are more focused on staying afloat and trying to operate in a safe, socially-distanced way than they are on carrying out fire-safety risk assessments or thinking about business continuity,” he said.
However, he argues that this view is short sighted.
“The reality remains that a fire could permanently destroy your business, so please don’t neglect fire prevention measures and business continuity plans, especially at this critical time,” he said.
His comments come ahead of The National Fire Chiefs Council’s business safety week, which runs from September 7th to 13th.
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Photo: East Sussex Fire and Rescue