Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service supports UK Business Safety Week 2018

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is shining a light on the work of the Fire Protection Team in support of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) UK Business Safety Week 2018. The week runs from 10 – 16 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 team will be showing residents and businesses how their work keeps Warwickshire’s communities safe through online competitions, videos and a Facebook live Q&A to answer any queries businesses may have.

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 Andy Crump, 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. The work of our Fire Protection Team protects these businesses, and everyone who uses them. Many people do not realise the scope of this work, which often takes place behind the scenes, so we want to use this opportunity to highlight it and help to make our communities even safer. ”

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. If you have any questions about how to protect your business and employees, you can ask the team at our Facebook live Q&A or find out more information on our website.”

For more information about fire safety for your business visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/businessfiresafety