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Kent and Medway businesses offered 'SIMPLE' fire safety messages

Kent and Medway businesses offered ‘SIMPLE’ fire safety messages

2 September 2015

Kent Fire and Rescue Service will be helping businesses across Kent and Medway with ‘simple’ safety messages to be shared with their staff during UK Business Safety Week from 7-13 September 2015, in association with the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA).

The week comes as many businesses across the county 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

Helping businesses to manage their fire risks and hazards, and potentially to save lives and safeguard their businesses against financial and commercial loss is of key importance, particularly in these competitive times when growth and sustainability are a priority. Fire can cause major disruption for businesses – there is a far greater chance of recovery if risks have been identified, and appropriate arrangements have been put in place to prevent fires starting, or to mitigate their impact.

KFRS will in town centres during the week to engage with businesses, working with them to help improve their knowledge of fire safety including:

  • Rainham – Monday 7 September from 10am-3pm

  • Maidstone – Tuesday 8 September from 10am-4pm

  • Ashford – Wednesday 9 September from 10am-4pm

  • Sandwich – Thursday 10 September from 10am-2pm

  • Gravesend – Friday 11 September from 10am-4pm

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. KFRS always encourages businesses to ensure their staff are fully aware of potential fire risks and hazards, and know what to do in an emergency.

KFRS Senior Fire Protection Manager, Darren Harvey said: “Business Safety Week’s message may be a SIMPLE one, but it’s essential that businesses across Kent and Medway consider fire risks in their organisations, and make sure that their employees are aware of the causes and consequences of fire.

“KFRS works 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.”

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