Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering businesses fire safety advice as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC’s) Business Safety Week 2018 (10th– 16thSeptember).

The campaign aims to provide those who are responsible for businesses and public buildings with information and advice to reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace, both of which impact business safety and productivity.

Group Manager Tim Gray, Head of Fire Safety at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Business Fire Safety week aims to encourage all businesses to double check they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from fire. As part of our support for this week we will be out and about giving advice on preventing arson attacks, reducing false alarms, and if needed fire safety advice for premises with sleeping accommodation.”

The lead up to Christmas can be a busy time for businesses as they may take on extra stock and new or seasonal staff. The NFCC ask people to take the opportunity now to review risk assessments and escape plans as they prepare. Statistics show that in 2016-17 there were 19,410 fires in UK businesses with about 30% (5,518) being deliberately set.

Chair of NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Committee, Mark Hardingham said: “Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium businesses. That is why the NFCC is committed to making them aware that fire services can help and advise them on reducing their fire risk.

“We encourage them to get in touch with their local fire service and find out about the help that is available, so they can continue to make a valued contribution to the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way “

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