Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 23 March 2020, we have had to review how and if we continue to operate while the restrictions on movement are in place.
A primary consideration is the nature of the work we carry out. NKM installs and maintains life safety systems. The importance of this has been recognised by James Brokenshire (Minister of State for Security at the Home Office) who has extended the Key Worker status to all fire safety personnel actively working to improve public fire safety.
In the words of the Fire Industry Association CEO, Ian Moore:
Fire Engineers carry out a mission-critical job to not only fix but maintain fire systems and products such as extinguishers, fire alarms systems etc. We have real first-hand knowledge and evidence of the dangerous and potentially deadly effects that a lack of maintenance on fire systems can lead to; I don’t have to mention the implications if we were to have a major fire incident as a result of the fire safety equipment not working correctly.
What this means for us is that we can and will continue to operate and provide our core services.
Our engineers have been advised as follows:
Follow NHS guidelines:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
Wear gloves (all NKM operatives are issued with disposable vinyl gloves).
Wear face masks, as appropriate (all NKM operatives are issued with disposable face masks).
Keep your distance from others (a minimum of 2 M).
We understand and accept that some customers may wish to deny access to our engineers, but we are here if you need us.