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Business Safety Week September 2016

24th August 2016

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is helping to build safer businesses

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be offering businesses safety messages to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK Business Safety Week which is taking place from 5th to 11th September 2016.

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. These 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.

Helping businesses to manage their fire risks and hazards, and potentially to save lives and safeguard their businesses against financial and commercial loss is of key importance, particularly in these competitive times when growth and sustainability are a priority. Fire can cause major disruption for businesses – there is a far greater chance of recovery if risks have been identified, and appropriate arrangements have been put in place to prevent fires starting, or to mitigate their impact.

Fire and rescue services across the country will be holding a range of events and activities to engage with businesses in their communities, working with them to help improve their knowledge of fire safety.

 Activities in support of the week will include:

  • Drop in sessions Monday to Friday 1000-1600 at York Fire Station (Kent Street, York) for businesses wanting fire safety advice
  • Drop in sessions Monday to Friday 1000-1600 at Harrogate Fire Station for businesses wanting fire safety advice
  • Drop in session at Settle library on 6th September between 1100-1200
  • Drop in session with North Yorkshire Police at Green Lane Centre Whitby 7th September between 0930 to 1700
  • Drop in session at the Hambleton District Council Offices on the 7th September between 1000-1200
  • Drop in session at Richmond library on 8th September between 1100-1200
  • Drop in session for landlords at the Customer First Office in Scarborough on the 8th September between 0900-1700.
  • Delivering business fire safety leaflets to businesses
  • Breakfast meetings and seminars for specific business groups
  • Visiting and engaging with local businesses to give information on fire safety

CFOA President Paul Hancock said: "Business Safety Week is a reminder to businesses that fire and rescue services are here to offer advice and help on making the workplace safe from fire. We ask employers to make this a priority by contacting us if they haven't addressed fire safety, reviewing arrangements and training staff regularly. Not complying with the law can lead to financial penalties or, if the worst happens, loss of livelihoods and lives."

You can find guidance and advice on business fire safety on our website here http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/businesssafety

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