North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is offering businesses fire safety advice as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) Business Safety Week 2019.
The campaign, which runs from 9th – 16th September, 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.
The week encourages all businesses to double check that they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from fire. Advice will also be given 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 so NFCC ask people to take the opportunity now to review risk assessments and escape plans as they prepare for Christmas as they may take on extra stock and new or seasonal staff.
Statistics show that in 2017-18 there were 19,033 fires in UK businesses with about 30% (5,293) being deliberately set.
In the UK electrical fires account for around 33% of accidental fires in the workplace. These fires can be due to electrical faults or misuse of electrical equipment. A rise in these fires is seen during the Christmas period.
By law, employers should make sure equipment is installed, maintained and used correctly, whether it is owned or leased by the business.
Paul Scott, Head of Business Fire Safety, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium businesses.
“The key to preventing fires in the workplace is ensuring staff are aware of risks and trained and confident in responding in the event of an incident.
“”We can help and advise businesses on reducing their fire risk - we encourage local businesses and find out about the help that is available to them so they continue to make valued contribution to the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way."
For information please visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk / Keeping you safe / At your Business or contact the Business Education Team on 01745 535 250.