Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering businesses fire safety advice as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC’s) Business Safety Week 2018.
The campaign which runs from 10th – 16th September aims to provide those with responsibility for businesses and public buildings with information and advice to reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace, both of which impact business safety and productivity.
The week also encourages all businesses to double check they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from fire. Advice will also be given on preventing arson attacks, and if needed fire safety advice for premises with sleeping accommodation.
Lee Shears, Head of Protection at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The lead up to Christmas can be a busy time for businesses. Extra stock will start arriving and there may be issues with storage. New staff may also be taken on to cover the festive period, so we want to take the opportunity now to ask all businesses to review risk assessments and escape plans as they prepare for Christmas.”
National statistics show that in 2016-17 there were 19,410 fires in UK businesses with about 30% (5,518) being deliberately set.
Chair of NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Committee, Mark Hardingham said: “Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium businesses. This is why the NFCC is committed to making them aware that fire services can help and advise them on reducing their fire risk. “We encourage them to get in touch with their local fire and rescue service and find out about the help that is available to them so they continue to make a valued contribution to the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way.”
For more information visit the website www.cheshirefire.gov.uk