Fire service business safety week

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) will be offering businesses across the Highlands and island areas ‘simple’ safety messages to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK Business Safety Week, taking place from 7th to 13th September 2015.

The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period.

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.

It’s also a good opportunity to remind existing staff of the importance of fire safety.

This year’s message for businesses is ‘Keep it SIMPLE and Safe’ and offers the following SIMPLE reminders:

• Store stock safely: keep 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

SFRS Prevention and Protection Group Manager for the Highland and island areas, John MacDonald, said: “Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recognises the importance of protecting lives and safeguarding businesses against financial loss as a result of fire.

“We want to encourage businesses to identify fire risks and to take the necessary preventative action to reduce the risk of fire occurring in the first place.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging businesses within the Highland and island areas, who would like to discuss fire prevention, to contact their local fire safety office on 01463 222722 or email N.HLNDPandPLegislationSupport@firescotland.gov.uk

Across the UK statistics show that in 2013/14 alone, there were 2,139 fires in industrial premises, 5,561 fires in commercial/retail, and 1,898 fires in schools, higher/further education and health/hospital premises.

SFRS would encourage all businesses to ensure their staff are fully aware of potential fire risks and hazards, and know what to do in an emergency.

CFOA President Peter Dartford said: “UK Business Safety Week’s message may be a SIMPLE one, but it’s essential that businesses consider fire risks in their organisations, and make sure that their employees are aware of the causes and consequences of fire.

“Fire services work closely with businesses, helping them to effectively manage their fire risks, safeguarding their staff, premises, stock – and potentially their livelihood. Keep it simple and keep your business safe.”