Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will be helping businesses to manage their risk of fire during the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA) UK Business Safety Week, taking place from 8 to 14 December 2014.
The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will have additional fire risks – whether due to large amounts of extra stock, an increase in seasonal employees, or because they are preparing for a winter shutdown period.
Assistant Chief Officer Neil Odin, said, “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. It doesn’t only impact on the organisation itself, but also on its employees, suppliers and customers.”
It is not only commercial premises that can be at risk – reducing the potential for fire in heritage buildings is also a key objective of the UK Business Safety Week. More information on protecting heritage buildings.
Fire Safety Adviser for English Heritage Steve Emery said, “My thanks go to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for highlighting the risks to heritage buildings from fire and showing ways of avoiding and mitigating this continual threat.”
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service want to engage with businesses in their communities, working with them to help manage their fire risk, complete fire risk assessments and ensure business continuity.
Statistics show that in 2012/13 alone, there were 1,826 fires in industrial processing premises, 5,671 fires in commercial/retail premises, and 1,017 fires in health/hospital premises in the UK.
Whilst the total number of fires in business premises has reduced over recent years, the cost of fire and the subsequent losses have been rising. This would indicate that a fire is more likely to be serious when it does strike, and therefore result in significant cost to the business.
Assistant Chief Officer Neil Odin, added “Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging all businesses to be extra vigilant at this time of year and consider all risks and re-examine whether they could be mitigated.”