UK Business Safety Week: Keep it simple and safe

Fri 4 Sep, 2015


Businesses should take extra care to protect their staff, customers and premises as they gear up for the Christmas period. That’s the message from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service for UK Business Safety Week, which starts on Monday (7 September).

The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff. These new recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. 

The awareness week, coordinated nationally by the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, encourages businesses to engage with local fire and rescue services to help manage their fire risk, complete their fire risk assessments and ensure business continuity.

Group Commander Richard Priest from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service said: "As this is a busy time for many businesses, particularly retailers, basic precautions which are normally taken throughout the year can sometimes be overlooked.

“If you manage a building or have a business, you have a legal requirement to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

“A fire in a business can put the lives of staff and customers at risk, damage stock and premises and make it impossible for a company to carry out its day-to-day work. This impacts not only on the organisation itself, but also on its employees, suppliers and customers."

This year’s message for businesses is: "Keep it SIMPLE and safe".

  • Store stock safely, keeping corridors, stairs and exits clear
  • Identify alarm points so you can warn others
  • Make sure doors are closed to stop fires from spreading
  • Place things that catch fire away from things that cause fire
  • Let someone know if you spot fire safety problems
  • Ensure everyone knows what to do if a fire alarm sounds

General safety tips for businesses include:

  • Complete a fire risk assessment to reduce the risk of suffering a fire in the first place, and to make sure you comply with fire safety laws.
  • Check and maintain alarm systems regularly to help eliminate automatic false alarms, and ensure the alarm is working if required.
  • Make sure any extra stock is stored away from fire escapes so that staff and customers can get out safely in the event of a fire.

You can visit the UK Business Safety Week website at www.cfoa.org.uk/BusinessSafetyWeek2015