Businesses across Kent and Medway look set to benefit from crucial support from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) to help keep their staff and property safe. KFRS’ business safety team will be out and about during Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA’s) UK Business Safety Week from 5 - 11 September 2016.
September is when most of Kent’s businesses start preparing for the festive period, and will be recruiting additional members of 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. It’s also a good opportunity to remind existing staff of the importance of fire safety.
KFRS’ Business Safety Team will be urging businesses to work with KFRS to keep their business and staff safe including:
The importance of sharing fire safety messages with all staff
Helping reduce false fire alarms
How to protect their business from arson including continuity plans
The team will also be promoting the SIMPLE steps businesses can take:
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
Fires can cause major disruption for businesses – there is a 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 Senior Fire Protection Manager, Darren Harvey said: "We want to help businesses to manage fire risks and hazards, and to potentially save lives. The simple advice can safeguard businesses against financial and commercial loss – which is crucial."
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.
Over the week KFRS will be in a number of locations to talk to local businesses to help improve their knowledge of fire safety, including:
Monday 5 September - Tonbridge
Tuesday 6 September – New Romney and Dymchurch
Wednesday 7 September – Whitstable and Herne Bay
Thursday 8 September - Sittingbourne
Friday 9 September - Dartford
Sunday 11 September - Bluewater
Over the last three years KFRS has attended 109 fires in industrial premises, 163 fires in commercial/retail properties, and 52 fires in schools, higher/further education and health/hospital premises.
Darren Harvey said: "It’s crucial for businesses to consider fire risks in their organisations and to make sure all staff are fully aware of potential fire risks and hazards, and to know what to do in an emergency. Keep it SIMPLE and keep your business safe."