It’s Business Safety Week from 9 – 15 September!

Monday 09 September marks the start of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC’s) Business Safety Week 2019 which aims to reduce the risk of fire and false alarms in the workplace, both of which impact business safety and productivity.

To support the campaign Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) would like to provide as much information as possible to local businesses in Warwickshire to ensure they understand their responsibilities regarding fire safety.

In the UK there were 13,862 accidental primary fires in non-residential premises in 2017/18, 33% of these fires were caused by faulty appliances, leads or misuse of equipment or appliances.

Roland Bayley, Group Commander of Fire Protection at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service 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 and by taking some simple measures, businesses in Warwickshire can learn about how to make their premises and staff safer from fire. We know that many small businesses never recover from the damage caused by fire, so it is really important that fire safety plays an integral part in your planning.”

Cllr Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety said:

“At Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service we would like to encourage all Warwickshire based businesses, small and large, to double check that they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from the dangers of fire as well as learning about preventing arson attacks and reducing false alarms.”

Not sure if you are responsible for fire safety on your premises? To be clear, you are responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re:

  • An employer
  • The owner
  • The landlord
  • An occupier

Anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor

If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities. As a responsible person you must carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly, tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified and what solutions have been put in place, maintain appropriate fire safety measures, plan for an emergency and provide staff with information and training on fire safety.

WFRS are committed to making sure that businesses in Warwickshire have all of the information they need to carry out the duties above and to keep their buildings and staff safe from fire.

For more information on how to keep your business safe from fire visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-your-premises-safe-from-fire

To view HM Government Fire Risk Assessment Guides visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-safety-law-and-guidance-documents-for-business

For information on choosing a competent Risk Assessor and other general fire safety advice use the following links:

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireriskassessments

https://www.ife.org.uk/Fire-Risk-Assessor-Search-

https://www.ifsm.org.uk/fra-registers/assessors/

For information on fire safety training for businesses available at WFRS please call 01926 413405 or email wfrtrainingservices@warwickshire.gov.uk.

For further information on business fire safety, visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/businessfiresafety