Get involved with National Fire Chiefs Council’s Business Safety Week 2019

Get involved with National Fire Chiefs Council’s Business Safety Week 2019

Next week, National Fire Chiefs Council will run their annual Business Safety Week. The campaign runs from 9th - 15th September and is an opportunity for Fire and Rescue Services to make businesses aware of the support and help available to ensure businesses and responsible persons are complying with the law and making their companies, staff and visitors as safe as they can be from the risks of fire.

The 2019 NFCC Business Safety Week covers four main themes this year which are:

  • Preventing Arson
  • Reducing False Alarms
  • Preventing Common Causes of Business Fires and
  • Protecting Sleeping Accommodation

In partnership with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, our SBRC seconded fire officer Watch Manager Gary Wood will be releasing an article each day next week through our various social channels covering these themes affording expert guidance and advice to businesses and organisations which will assist them to increase their business resilience therefore ensuring the safety of their premises, staff, customers and guests.

Business Safety Week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be looking ahead to the Christmas period approaching and recruiting extra seasonal staff to cope with an increase in business output or custom.  New staff may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as regular staff possess or be fully aware of the correct steps required to protect themselves, their colleagues or customers. Statistics show that in 2017-18 there were 19,033 fires in UK businesses with about 30% (5,293) being deliberately set.

Business Safety Week is also a good opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire safety risk assessments regularly in the run up to busy shopping periods where due to increased footfall or changes in processes there may be an impact upon their current FSRA which may require changes and updates.

Our articles released next week will assist in affording appropriate guidance and advice on these key safety aspects.

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