Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-06-03

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MFRS urges businesses to make fire safety a priority following number of industrial fires across Merseyside

BUSINESSES across Merseyside are being urged to ensure they are operating safely and adhering to fire safety regulations following a series of large industrial fires in recent weeks. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) spent more than 26 hours dealing with a fire on an industrial estate in Newton-le-Willows last month. The fire; which was declared a major incident; saw 20 fire engines attend at its height, and drew resources from neighbouring fire and rescue services and multi agency partners. 2 further fires at industrial sites took place the following day, again requiring significant emergency service resources. On the back of these and a number of similar incidents, MFRS is reminding businesses of their responsibility to adhere to fire safety and carry out checks around their site.

Station Manager Bill Shepherd, MFRS Protection department, said:- "We know that the current COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected a number of businesses across Merseyside, through reductions in staffing levels and disruption to normal working practices. However, it is vital that business owners continue to prioritise the fire safety of the business, the safety of the people working there and/or those visiting the business. As Government guidance changes and lockdown restrictions are eased, more and more people will be returning to work but we understand that businesses are still not operating at what they would deem to be Ďnormalí. Coronavirus is not an excuse for disregarding your responsibilities and businesses must ensure that they have an adequate amount of competent people to help in the implementation of both preventative and protective fire safety measures. If you have absent staff, you must ensure that there are adequately trained staff on site at all times to ensure fire safety measures are not adversely affected. You should be continuing to maintain and regularly testing your fire safety provisions, including testing your fire alarms and carrying out regular fire drills."

Businesses should also be taking the necessary steps to protect themselves from arson, including removing combustible materials from the site or ensuring they are stored securely out of sight. Entrances and exits of buildings should be kept clear at all times and stock should not be kept in excessive amounts. 1 thing that businesses should not be doing under any circumstances is burning waste onsite. Not only does this create serious risk of fire, it can also seriously harm health and pollute the environment.

Nigel Glasgow, an Environment Agency Environmental Manager said:- "The Environment Agency remains committed during the Coronavirus pandemic to reducing waste crime and reducing the opportunities for those operating illegally to do so. We will continue to support the Fire and Rescue service during this challenging time. The Environment Agency would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that itís illegal to burn most types of waste. Burning waste such as treated wood, tyres, plastics, rubber and oil can seriously harm health and pollute the environment. People face a fine of up to ₤50,000 for illegally managing waste. Also if you are visiting the countryside, please follow the Countryside Code and do not light fires or use disposable barbecues. Fires can be devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property. So be careful with naked flames and cigarettes at any time of the year and if a fire appears to be unattended then report it by calling:- 999."

There are a number of steps that businesses can take to reduce their risk of fire:-

►COMPETENT PERSONS:- Ensure you have an adequate amount of competent persons to help in the implementation of preventative and protective fire safety measures. If you have absent staff you must ensure that there are adequately trained staff on-site at all times, to ensure the fire safety measures are not adversely affected.

►PROTECTION FROM ARSON:- If your business is closed for an extended period of time, ensure it is secure and continue with usual measures to prevent arson:-

- Any combustible materials should be removed from site or stored securely.

- Remove or store all rubbish securely away from the premises.

- Keep all entrances and exits clear at all times.

- Stock should not be kept in excessive amounts.

►FIRE SAFETY TESTING:- Onsite fire safety provisions should be tested regularly. This includes carrying out alarm tests and fire drills.

►FIRE DOORS:- Do NOT prop open fire doors, even if this is intended to minimise contact between staff and door handles. We would advise businesses to follow Public Health Advice around regularly washing your hands for 20 seconds or more to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

►LONE WORKING:- With a reduced workforce, there may be an increased likelihood of people working alone within buildings. You need to ensure that these people are provided with adequate warning in case of fire so they do not become trapped.

►FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT:- It may be necessary to review your fire risk assessment during this time to ensure suitable and sufficient measures are in place. Further information on your fire risk assessments can be found online.

►SECURE BUILDINGS:- Try to ensure premises are regularly checked to ensure that the security of the building is not compromised and identify any attempts of arson. Any issues should be reported to Crimestoppers by calling:- 0800 555 111.

►BURNING WASTE ON COMMERCIAL SITES:- Remember, it is illegal to burn most types of waste. Burning waste such as treated wood, tyres, plastics, rubber and oil can seriously harm health and pollute the environment. People face a fine of up to ₤50,000 for illegally managing waste.

- You may be committing an offence by allowing waste to be stored on your land or in your property without the relevant permissions. This could leave you liable to prosecution. Carry out rigorous checks on prospective and new tenants.

- If you operate a waste management site, make sure it is legal and check you have the right permit for your activities:- Gov.UK.

For fire safety advice, please call:- 0800 731 5958. For more information on the Countryside Code visit:- Gov.UK.

Stay safe at the School gates

IF youíre going back to School, follow the rulesÖ Thatís the message from Liverpool City Council as pupils return to the classroom in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.  This week some Schools have re-opened to accept the children of key workers and vulnerable residents, who had previously used the Cityís Childcare Hubs. The City Council is working closely with primary and Secondary Schools to encourage social distancing at the School gates. And 1 of the biggest ways parents can help is to leave the car at home and walk their children to School. Measures being considered to encourage greater social distancing include installing barriers of footways to create space and even closing roads at both School drop off and pick up times. As well as helping to prevent the spread of the virus, such measures may also help improve air quality around the Schools. The big message from the Council is:- do not drive to School if you can possibly avoid it. The space taken up by cars means less space for people to walk and maintain the correct social distance. The advice from the Council is clear for those returning their children to School this week; plan ahead. Parents/carers should consider how they will get to School and give themselves more time to walk or cycle in. Those with older children, Year 4 and over, are being asked to encourage them to walk some of the way independently. This could help children to become more aware of the roads. Parents could agree on a meeting place each day away from the School gates, which would reduce the number of people congregating outside School. The Council is urging everyone, except adults and children with mobility issues, not to drive to School. If you have to take the car, then plan in advance and find a suitable spot away from the gates to park.

Liverpool City Councilís Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills Cllr Barbara Murray, said:- "Children returning to their Schools this week will find their classrooms very different places to the ones they left before lockdown. We have encouraged all our Schools to undertake a full risk assessment and ensure that all the necessary safety measures have been put in place. We know many of our children will be looking forward to returning to School, but it must be done in the safest way possible. We would urge everyone to follow the advice and respect the social distancing rules at all times."

Cllr Sharon Connor, who is the Councilís Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Highways, added:- "Residents of Liverpool have risen to the challenges posed by the Coronavirus outbreak. They have worked with the Council and other agencies responded to our requests for their support and looked out for one another. People have also responded by walking and cycling more around our City and we would ask everyone to continue to do this as the Schools return. Leaving the car at home will leave more space for everyone outside Schools, it will also help you to become more active and could help to make the streets and roads around our Schools safer for children. If you are sending your children back to School this week, letís all stay safe at the School gates."

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 1,871 cases and the total number now stand at 279,856, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 39,728. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 359 according to the Department of Health.

In England, there are a total of 153,376 confirmed cases.

North West - total of 25,891 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,633 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 934 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,301 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 753 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 408 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,653 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,157 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,249 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,597 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,055 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 830 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,210 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,025 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 810 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 771 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 745 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,091 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 413 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 03/06/2020. Last updated 4.01pm GMT. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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