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11-09-17

NFCC Business Safety Week 2017

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) will be helping businesses manage their fire risk as part of its UK Business Safety Week campaign which runs from 11th – 17th September 2017.

In 2015/6, there were more than 32,000 fires in businesses across England, 1,926 in Wales and almost 5,000 in Scotland.

These incidents ranges from premises including: offices, call centres, retail, industrial units, agricultural premises, hospitals, hotels, education premises and food and drink premises

As businesses gear up towards a busy Christmas period, the week has been scheduled to raise awareness at a time when businesses may create additional fire risks. This could be due to different or large amounts of extra stock, an increase in seasonal employees, or because they are preparing for a winter shutdown period.

Small and medium sized businesses are at a greater risk of fire, often due to people not knowing what legislation exists and who is responsible for carrying out key checks.

One of the key aims of the week is to educate and assist businesses to ensure they know what they need to do, along with what help is available to them. This should hopefully assist reduce fire incidents in the future while protecting businesses.

The week also looks at safeguarding against arson attacks as 80 per cent of businesses which suffer an attack do not trade again.

Fire and rescue services across the country will be holding a range of events and activities to engage with businesses in their communities, working with them to help manage their fire risk, complete fire risk assessments and ensure business continuity.

Fire services will be asking businesses to:

  • Ensure they have taken action to prevent fires in the workplace
  • Take action to protect themselves from arson
  • Make sure all staff know how to respond appropriately in the event of an incident
  • Work with their local fire service to reduce false alarms and enforcement notices

The campaign week is a chance for businesses to find out the support and advice their local fire service can offer them all year round to ensure minimise their risk of fire.

Mark Hardingham, NFCC's Business Safety lead said:

“Building on the success of previous years, NFCC and UK fire and rescue services will be working with small to medium sized businesses to help them ensure they are able to operate in a way that is safe from the terrible effects of fire.

“These businesses make a massive contribution to the UK economy and to their local communities and we want make sure we help them in a sustainable and safe way.”

NFCC Business Safety Week 

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