KFRS Business Engagement Team ready with advice
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
Tuesday 12 September – Ashford and Lenham
Wednesday 13 September – Swanscombe and Stone
Thursday 14 September – Westgate and Birchington-on-sea
Friday 15 September – Headcorn, Cranbrook and Hawkhurst
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