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06-09-19

Business Safety Week 2019

Business Safety Week

This week Fire and Rescue Services will be supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council's annual Business Safety Week campaign. 

The week encourages all businesses to ensure they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from fire. But it does particularly encourage small to medium businesses to take action if fire safety and prevention is something they have not addressed. Fire services are able to help with information, advice and even courses to ensure that they are not only compliant but as safe as possible. 

The campaign runs in September to encourage businesses to think about fire safety in the lead up to Christmas, which for many businesses can be a really busy time. It is also a time when they may employ temporary or seasonal staff and carry extra stock which may mean the need to provide additonal training and review exisiting assesments and escape plans. 

The key themes for the week are : 

  • Preventing Arson
  • Electrical fires in the workplace
  • Reducing false alarms
  • Protecting sleeping accommodation 

Statistics show that in 2017-18 there were 19,033 fires in UK businesses with about 30% (5,293) being deliberately set.

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Soem simple advice on how to prevent arson affecting your business can be found in our Safer Business: Information and advice to reduce arson leaflet 

In the UK electrical fires account for around 33% of accidental fires in the workplace. These fires can be due to electrical faults or misuse of electrical equipment. A rise in these fires is seen during the Christmas period. By law, employers should make sure equipment is installed, maintained and used correctly, whether it is owned or leased by the business.

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NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Vice Chair Guy Keen, said:

“About one third of fires in the workplace are due to electrical faults and misuse of electrical equipment. The majority of these fires are likely to be preventable by taking some simple measures, businesses can learn about how to make their premises and their staff safer from fire. We know that many small businesses never recover from the damage caused by fire, so it is really important to factor in fire safety particularly as part of preparations in the run up to Christmas.”

Chair of NFCC's Protection and Business Safety Committee, Mark Hardingham said:

"Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium size businesses. NFCC is committed to supporting business and linking them to their local fire and rescue service who can help and advise them on reducing their fire risk.

We encourage business owners to get in touch with their local fire service and find out about the help available so business can flourish and support the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way."

Business Safety can not only benefit businesses but it can also help the Fire and Rescue Service. Nationally around 40% of call-outs are fire false alarms with 70% of these being due to appartus. 

Fire and Rescue Service would like businesses to help reduce this number. So advice around preventing fire false alarms will be available and also what to do it you cuase a false alarm - after all mistakes happen. 

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Some Fire and Rescue Service have reported to NFCC that they have seen a rise in issues with accommodation associated with business premises. So advice and safety reminders will encourage people to ensure their business is not compormising the fire safety of accommodation either associated with or near their business. Issues can often be as simple as obstructed exit routes or more complex such as insufficient or no fire protection between business premises and accommodation.

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