It's the National Fire Chiefs Council's Business Safety Week 2019. From the 9th-15th September they are offering advice and information to Responsible Persons for business premises and public buildings.
And they're not the only ones, there are some great tips and reminders out there! Here's a few titbits we found under the hashtag #BusinessSafety19. The first comes from our very own Essex Fire and Rescue Service...
Businesses can help keep local communities safer by working with fire and rescue services to reduce false alarms. Every call to a false alarm it takes us away from community safety activities and real emergencies #BusinessSafety19 pic.twitter.com/FLEccq1ucM
— Essex Fire Service (@ECFRS) September 11, 2019
In the UK around 33% of accidental fires in business premises are caused either by faulty electrical appliances, leads or misuse of equipment. If you're a business make sure your workforce are trained to use these correctly and report any problems #BusinessSafety19 pic.twitter.com/iShKP52Ub5
— County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service (@CDDFRS) September 10, 2019
STEP 2: The best defence against arson is adequate security for your business. Lock-up procedures, working security lights and alarms, alongside good housekeeping, can all reduce the risk! #BusinessSafety19 pic.twitter.com/7TVs3aKSNb
— Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (@nottsfire) September 12, 2019
Make sure you don't become one of the 33% of business premises affected by an electrical fire.
Of course, you know your Fire Extinguishers should be appropriate to your environment and regularly checked by a competent professional.
But regular checks also need to be completed on your wiring and equipment, as well as training staff in correct usage techniques.
Essex and East London companies can find out more from a trusted local contractor.
— FireChiefs@NFCC (@NFCC_FireChiefs) September 12, 2019
Sadly, firebugs are everywhere. One way to fight them is to arrange extra refuse collections at busy times. Longer term, good overall security that keeps them away from your premises altogether is the best option. Think in layers, such as:
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