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Business Fire Safety Week 2019

06/09/2019 00:00
Business Safety Week 2019

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are offering businesses fire safety advice as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) Business Safety Week 2019. 

The campaign runs from 9th - 15th September with the aim to provide those, who are responsible for businesses and public buildings, with information and advice to reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace, both of which impact business safety and productivity. 

The week encourages all businesses to double check they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from fire. Advice will also be given on preventing arson attacks, reducing false alarms, and if needed fire safety advice for premises with sleeping accommodation. 

The lead up to Christmas can be a busy time for businesses so the NFCC and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service ask people to take the opportunity now to review risk assessments and escape plans. Preparation also needs to be considered as they may take on extra stock and new or seasonal staff. 

Statistics show that in Wales during 2017 - 18 there were 11,005 fires with 6,372 being deliberately set and the figure for false alarms being 14,739.  From these figures, a total of 3,190 fires were recorded to be in Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service with 1,520 as deliberate and the figure for false alarms being 4,939. 

David Hancock, Head of Business Fire safety, for the Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service, says, 

“It’s vital that businesses have robust arrangements in place to protect their premises, staff and visitors and to ensure they have prepared themselves to be able to continue operating after a fire or similar event. During Business Fire Safety Week we are keen to engage with business owners and provide practical advice that will help with preparations for emergency incidents.”

Chair of NFCC's Protection and Business Safety Committee, Mark Hardingham said: 

"Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium size businesses. The NFCC is committed to supporting business and linking them to their local fire and rescue service who can help and advise them on reducing their fire risk. "We encourage business owners to get in touch with their local fire service and find out about the help available so business can flourish and support the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way."

Swansea Bay Business Fire Safety Team will be at the Village Hotel, Langdon Road, Swansea on 9th September at 10:00 until 13:00, to give general advice on Fire Safety and information on: - 
• Preventing Arson
• Reducing False Alarms 
• Preventing Common Causes of Business Fires and 
• Protecting Sleeping Accommodation

On the morning of 11th September 2019, Carmarthenshire Business Fire Safety Team will be at Parc Pemberton, Llanelli between 10:00 and 12:30 and in Parc Trostre Retail Park, Llanelli in the afternoon between 13:00 – 16:00, to give general advice on Fire Safety and information on :-

Preventing Arson
Reducing False Alarms 
Preventing Common Causes of Business Fires 
Protecting Sleeping Accommodation
Business Continuation Management
Waste Management

For more safety messages, information, advice or guidance during Business Fire Safety week please check out our Social Media channels and visit our website at http://www.mawwfire.gov.uk