Next week is @NFCC_FireChiefs Business Safety Week. If you own, run or are responsible for a small or medium business look out for fire safety information and advice by following #BusinessSafety22
Business Safety Week is an opportunity for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), supported by Fire and Rescue Services to make small and medium sized businesses aware of their fire safety responsibilities in the workplace, and is a chance to let these businesses know that there is help and advice available for them all year round. The aim is to help small to medium sized businesses to work with fire and rescue services to make sure they are complying with fire safety law and reduce their risk of fire. It is vital that fire and rescue services work with Responsible Persons (RPs) to remind them that in managing their full suite of risks, the need to maintain and inform a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is priority.
Many fires in the workplace are preventable and many businesses never recover after a fire incident. Simple measures on reducing risks and ensuring staff know how to respond if a fire should happen keeps people safe and makes business sense.
At this time of year many businesses will be preparing for the Christmas period and may also be impacted by the current cost of living crisis. Any changes to the way businesses operate can impact fire safety so we urge them ensure they have reviewed Fire
Risk Assessments to reflect any changes.
Many smaller businesses may have accommodation above or adjacent to them and the week will also highlight fire safety for these premises. We encourage residents living above a business to check they are protected from any fire risks and businesses to ensure they don’t compromise people’s homes. Residents and business owners can both approach the fire service for advice.
Gavin Tomlinson NFCC’s chair for protection and business safety said “Fire and rescue services are committed to helping all types of businesses reduce the risk of fire in the workplace and be compliant with fire safety law. We don’t expect businesses to be experts that’s’ why we are here to provide help and advice. We encourage any business to work with their fire service to help prevent fires to help them remain productive, safe and legal.”