Keeping your business safe

“Your business is our business” is the message from Cleveland Fire Brigade as it issues fire safety reminders for employers.

It comes in support of Business Safety Week which runs until 11 September with recent research showing that one in 20 employees admit they would ignore a fire alarm at work and many others saying  they have never been told about fire safety procedures.

Our 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.

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

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said “This is a timely opportunity to remind employers of their responsibilities, making sure all employees are aware of fire safety and to look at ways of reducing the risk of fire.

“It is all about education rather than enforcement. We are coming up to the busy time of the year with many offices, shops, hotels and pubs recruiting additional seasonal staff and there may be a need to raise general awareness as well as ensuring all procedures are in place and alarms are regularly tested.”

Safety reminders:

  • Make sure all staff know what to do when the fire alarm sounds
  • Keep all corridors, stairs and exits clear
  • Store stock safely
  • Make sure skips and waste bins have locks and are kept well away from building
  • Regularly test alarms
  • Repeated false alarms are a need to review procedures
  • False alarms can be caused by poorly  maintained detection equipment

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 recue 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.”