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Business Safety Week

26th August 2015

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  will be offering businesses ‘simple’ safety messages to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK Business Safety Week, taking place from 7th to 13th September 2015.

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 existing staff of the importance of fire safety.

This year’s message for businesses is ‘Keep it SIMPLE and Safe’ and offers the following SIMPLE reminders:

  • Store stock safely: keep corridors, stairs and exits clear
  • Identify alarm points so you can warn others
  • Make sure doors are closed to stop fires from spreading
  • Place things that catch fire away from things that cause fire
  • Let someone know if you spot fire safety problems
  • Ensure everyone knows what to do if a fire alarm sounds

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.

 North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service activities will include:  

  • Participation in a presentation with City of York Council to the private rented sector
  • Attendance at a North Yorkshire County Council leaseholders forum providing fire safety information and highlighting fire safety responsibilities.
  • Visits to trading and industrial estates across the county to speak to businesses.
  • Carrying out a number of targeted audits at businesses across North Yorkshire.

Statistics show that in 2013/14 alone, there were 2,139 fires in industrial premises, 5,561 fires in commercial/retail, and 1,898 fires in schools, higher/further education and health/hospital premises.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would encourage all businesses to ensure their staff are fully aware of potential fire risks and hazards, and know what to do in an emergency.

CFOA President Peter Dartford said: “UK Business Safety Week’s message may be a SIMPLE one, but it’s essential that businesses consider fire risks in their organisations, and make sure that their employees are aware of the causes and consequences of fire.

Fire services work closely with businesses, helping them to effectively manage their fire risks, safeguarding their staff, premises, stock – and potentially their livelihood. Keep it simple and keep your business safe.”

Download a copy of the Business Safety Week Flyer here. 


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