Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service will be offering businesses safety messages as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) UK Business Safety Week 2017. The week runs from 11 – 17 September and aims to make sure businesses and their staff have the information they need to prevent, protect and respond to fire incidents in the workplace.
The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period. New recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. It’s also a good opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training and make sure existing staff know the importance of fire safety.
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
Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community safety said: “Warwickshire has a vibrant economy with a wealth of different companies choosing to do business here in the county. Nationally more than 3,000 businesses fall victim to arson each year, and the awareness raising taking place this week is vital to help reduce this number. We want our businesses to operate in a safe, prosperous environment and part of this is knowing how to protect themselves from fire, and understanding how to respond appropriately.”
Roly Bayley, WFRS Fire Protection Department Manager added: “If you are a business owner or responsible for a business premises you have a legal obligation to reduce the risk of fire and ensure people can escape safely if a fire does happen. Compliance with the law means you are protecting your business, premises and employees, as well as making sure you are prepared if the worst does happen. Non-compliance can lead to enforcement which poses a financial, legal and reputational risk to your business.
“This week we would like to remind businesses about these obligations and how you can meet them. You can find out more information on our website, or contact us if you have any questions about how best to protect your business and employees.”
NFCC Protection and Enforcement Lead, Mark Hardingham commented: “I’m delighted that the National Fire Chiefs Council is again working with small and medium size businesses to help them ensure that 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 local communities and we want to help them to do this in a sustainable and safe way.”
For more information about fire safety for your business visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/businessfiresafety