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Crawley businesses urged to keep empty buildings and offices safe during COVID-19

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West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is urging Crawley business owners to undertake some simple checks on their buildings to ensure they remain safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

More business premises will be left unoccupied following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday (23 March) which saw all non-essential businesses told to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Adrian Murphy, Area Manager for Protection at WSFRS, said:

“During such uncertain times, it is vital that we all continue to follow the government’s guidance on social distancing to ensure we do not put ourselves or others at risk.

“But there are some simple checks that all premises owners should consider carrying out to ensure their businesses remain secure and not at risk of fire. They should take no longer than five minutes to complete but they have the potential to save a business during already tough times.

“These have the potential to avert further risk, which in turn will help reduce demand on the fire service at this difficult time.”

Some business fire safety checks to carry out include:

  • Check all fire alarms are working.
  • Turn all electrical appliances off and unplugged if possible.
  • Close all internal doors as well as external. This way if a fire breaks out it will stay contained to that room for longer and prevent further damage/loss.
  • Dispose of your waste properly.

If you’re a business owner or employer and would like more information, or have any queries or concerns about fire safety at your premises, please contact: businessfiresafety@westsussex.gov.uk.

For more business fire safety advice visit, https://bit.ly/businessfiresafety.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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