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Keeping your business safe from fire could be easier than you think

Publication date
12 August 2014
News release text
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is holding a free and informal seminar to help businesses understand their legal obligations – as well as protecting themselves and their livelihoods from the devastation of fire. 
The event takes place at Hever Castle Golf Club, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NP on Tuesday, 23 September from 9.30am to 12 noon and parking is free. 
Head of Technical Fire Safety, Area Manager John Robertson said: “Many businesses underestimate the impact a fire can have until it actually happens to them. Even if employees or customers are lucky enough to escape unhurt, it’s a sad fact that often the business itself never recovers and will cease trading. 
“Our aim with this seminar is to make sure this doesn’t happen – preventing fire is much easier than picking up the pieces after a blaze. Our expert team will explain what owners can do to reduce fire risks and will provide free advice to suit your business needs.” 
The event will include: 
Fire safety legislation and how if affects your business 
The importance of carrying out a fire safety risk assessment and identifying possible dangers and risks 
Implementing and maintaining a fire management plan 
What you need to do for your size and type of business 
How to comply at minimal cost 
How to make plans to cope with unexpected emergencies 
Arson prevention for business 
Reducing false alarms 
Networking & light refreshments 
John added: “This can be a matter of common sense, but owners need to make sure that they set enough time aside to work through the necessary steps. There are still too many buildings that do not have adequate fire risk assessments and managers often don’t recognise the dangers posed by blocked fire exits, inadequately installed and maintained fire alarms or poor staff training. 
“If you’re employed or self-employed and responsible for business premises, then you must comply with the law, and we can help you do this. The rules also apply to any charity, voluntary organisation or contractor with a degree of control over any premises.” 
Book your free place today You can also find out more about how we can help you stay safe at work by contacting our Business Engagement Team at 
Notes to editors: 
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order and applies to virtually all premises. It covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space including: 
Offices and shops 
Premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals 
Community halls, places of worship and other community premises 
The shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may also apply) 
Pubs, clubs and restaurants 
Schools and sports centres 
Tents and marquees 
Hotels and hostels and 
Factories and warehouses.
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