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Keep your business in business this Christmas with KFRS

Keep your business in business this Christmas with KFRS

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KFRS Business Engagement Team ready with advice

7 September 2017

Kent and Medway businesses look set to benefit from help and advice from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) to keep staff and property safe in the run up to Christmas.

The KFRS business engagement team will visiting small and medium sized businesses during UK Business Safety Week from Monday 11 - Friday 15 September 2017.

This time of year businesses start preparing for the festive period, and begin the process of recruiting new members of staff who often don’t have the same level of fire safety awareness as more experienced members of staff. They also may not be aware of the arrangements in place to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues.

Over the week KFRS’ Business engagement team will be encouraging businesses to work with them to keep their business and staff safe, and they’ll be offering guidance around:

  • How to protect their business from arson by including it in a business continuity plan

  • The importance of sharing fire safety messages with all staff

  • Helping reduce false fire alarms

The team will also be promoting 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.

Assistant Director for Community Safety, Ian Thomson said: “We’re using UK Business Safety Week to help support businesses focus on business continuity and to understand the importance of managing fire risks and hazards. It's work we do all year around and yet the advice is simple and can safeguard businesses against financial and commercial loss – which is crucial. Most importantly it’s about keeping people safe and businesses operating.”

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 11 September - Sheerness

  • Sheerness High Street - 9.30am – 12:30pm

  • Sheerness Broadway – 1:30pm – 4pm

Tuesday 12 September – Ashford and Lenham

  • Great Chart and Kennington – 9:30 – 12:30pm

  • Charing and Lenham – 1:30pm – 4pm

Wednesday 13 September – Swanscombe and Stone

  • Swanscombe – 9:30am – 12:30pm

  • Stone – 1:30pm – 4pm

Thursday 14 September – Westgate and Birchington-on-sea

  • Westgate – 9:30 – 12:30pm

  • Birchington-on-Sea – 1:30pm – 4pm

Friday 15 September – Headcorn, Cranbrook and Hawkhurst

  • Headcorn – 9:30 – 12:30

  • Cranbrook and Hawkhurst – 1:30pm – 4pm

Since 2014 KFRS has attended:

  • 95 fires in industrial premises

  • 312 fires in commercial/retail/food outlet properties

  • 59 fires in schools, higher/further education and health/hospital premises.  

Ian Thomson said: “It’s crucial for businesses to consider long term safety 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.” 

For more support for your business please contact your local KFRS fire safety team  

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