Big business breakfast

Safety tips are on the menu at a breakfast seminar for businesses organised by Cleveland BigBusinessBreakfastInvite-(WebsitePost)Fire Brigade.

It comes in support of Business Safety Week (Sept 5 to 11) and is a first-hand chance foremployers to get the latest up-to-date advice on protecting their premises from fire and making sure all fire safety procedures are in place.

The seminar is at Cleveland Fire Brigade Headquarters in Hartlepool on Tues Sept 6 (10am).

The key safety messages are aimed at ensuring all staff know what to do in an emergency, reducing the risk of fire, making it harder for arsonists and reducing the number of false alarms.

Research shows that nearly half of us (47%) have never been shown or told about the fire safety procedures where they work.

The focus is on small to medium businesses who may be taking on extra staff and stock in the run-up to the busy festive period.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said : “This is just about pointing businesses in the right direction when it comes to fire safety, understanding their responsibilities, advising on what needs to be done and how they can protect their premises.

“It is also vitally important that all staff, permanent and seasonal, know what to do in an emergency.”

Business Safety Week is staged across the country by the Chief Fire Officers Association
(CFOA).

Paul Hancock, CFOA President, said: “It is a reminder to businesses that fire and rescue services are here to offer advice and help on making the workplace safe from fire. We ask employers to make fire safety a priority. Not complying with the law can lead to financial penalties or, if the worst happens, loss of livelihoods and lives.”

Businesses will be visited by Cleveland Fire Brigade to offer fire safety advice, help identify appropriate training courses or suggest a fire safety audit.

To book your free place on the breakfast seminar ring 01429 874109 or alternatively email communications@clevelandfire.gov.uk, by Friday, 2 September.  (Spaces limited to two representatives per business).