On Saturday 31st October, the UK Government announced the commencement of a further COVID-19 partial lockdown that will come into effect on Thursday 5th November 2020. With the prospect of many businesses having to close their doors again in the run-up to the festive season, here at Alert Fire and Security, we want to ensure that your business continues to be safe and protected during these uncertain times.
1) Ensure that you review your Fire and Security System
Many businesses invest heavily in state-of-the-art security systems and maybe don’t understand how to get the maximum from their system. Whilst it;s great to have such a system in place, it’s also vitally important to ensure that you are up-to-speed on what your system is capable of whilst ensuring your premises is protected. There may be additional functions available that you are unsure about and may be able to maximise the usage of.
Should you feel that your premises are not adequately secured and safely protected with your current fire and security alarm systems, then you can schedule a call with one of our experts who are on hand to assist with your requirements to ensure your business remains safe and protected. We can run through any potential improvements or upgrades, so that you can monitor your business throughout the period of closure.
2) Ensure you inform other businesses/neighbours nearby of your closure.
Many businesses take to social media and Google to announce their closure period, and whilst this is a good way to inform customers of your business activity, it can also pose a significant security risk.
By telling neighbouring businesses who may still be operational that you are closing can ensure that they also keep an eye on your premises and can get in touch with you easily should anything happen.
3) Ensure you have a shutdown checklist in place.
On Wednesday 4th November when many businesses prepare to temporarily close their doors for the partial lockdown period, it’s important to ensure that you have a shutdown checklist in place, checking for:
- Appliances are switched off.
- Computer equipment is turned off.
- Ensure your security system is activated.
- Turn on any lighting timers that you may have.
- Ensure that your keyholders are up-to-date.
4) Ensure you check Insurance Policies and Contact Information
Whilst it’s often an area that is overlooked, or often assigned to an individual who may be placed on furlough or who has left the business, take the time to ensure that you have reviewed your insurance policies as well as the cover you have in place.
A key question to ask yourself is: should the security alarm or fire alarm sound, who’s contacted first? If your answer to this is “not sure”, then it’s time to review your Fire and Security Systems Escalation Procedure.
Here at Alert Fire and Security, we pride ourselves on our heritage. Providing Fire and Security Systems for over 25 years, we take great satisfaction in ensuring that your premises continue to operate in a safe and secure capacity.