Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas fire safety warning for businesses

UK Business Safety Week 2014 takes place during 8 – 14 December and this year we are saying to businesses: 'If your hazards have changed, your fire risk has too'.

The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will have additional fire risk – whether due to large amounts of extra stock, an increase in seasonal employees, or because they are preparing for a winter shutdown.
Throughout the week, staff and trained volunteers will be meeting employers and business owners to share tips and give advice about what businesses can do to reduce their risk of fire and protect themselves, their staff, customers and premises. 
Key advice is to:
  • Identify sources of ignition and fuel and eliminate, reduce, isolate, and control them as far as is reasonably practical
  • Ensure that employees know about the risks present in the workplace
  • Produce an emergency plan and ensure that staff’ know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Fire and rescue staff’ and volunteers are expected to visit over 300 small businesses, targeting shops and food and drink outlets, in High Streets across the county to meet with owners and managers and leave an information leaflet. Other activities during the week will include:

Telephone help line
Businesses wanting to discuss fire safety should call the Business Fire Safety Officer for their area
  • Brighton and Hove on 01323 462130
  • Eastbourne, Wealden or Lewes on 01323 462434
  • Hastings and Rother on 01323 462133
Information Stall
On Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 December small business owners to Bestways  cash-and-carry in Brighton can pick up top tips and practical advice from Business Safety Officers when they get their supplies. Fire Service staff will be on-hand between 10:30 and 16:00 at the Bestway store in Crowhurst Road.

  • On Monday 8 December, officers will be meeting with representatives from the Brighton & Hove Business Forum to discuss how the Fire Safety Team in the City can best engage with small businesses in the future.
  • On Wednesday, Thursday  and Friday of the week , Fire Safety Officers in Brighton and Hove will be visiting high risk businesses to talk about avoiding fires and complying with legislation. The officers will be looking to work closely with those properties which include sleeping accommodation on the premises.
 Station Manager Dexter Allen, Brighton and Hove Business Fire Safety Manager said:
“We already do a lot of work helping businesses to effectively manage the fire safety of their organisations and safeguard their staff, premises and stock. This week focuses a lot of that effort.
“A fire in a business can put staff and customers lives at risk, damage stock and premises, and make it impossible for a company to carry out its day-to-day work. Up to 80 per cent of businesses that suffer a fire do not survive.  This impacts, not only on the organisation itself, but on its employees, suppliers and customers. We want to avoid this in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove”.

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