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SFRS supports National Fire Chiefs Council’s Business Safety Week

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is supporting this week's National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC’s) Business Safety Week 2018, which runs from September 10-16.

The campaign aims to helping to build safer businesses across the country, encouraging business owners to provide information and and advice to reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace, and encourages all businesses to double check they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from fire.

This period, in the lead up to Christmas, can also be a key time for businesses - with increased levels of stock and an influx of new seasonal staff - and it is crucial that the necessary steps are taken to review risk assessments.

This could also have a positive impact on reducing the number of unwanted fire alarm signals (UFAS) that firefighters are called to. UFAS calls are generally caused by human error, malicious activations and faulty/poorly maintained equipment.

As part of the NFCC’s Business Safety Week, SFRS and other fire services across the UK are asking businesses to:

  • ensure they have taken action to prevent fires in the workplace
  • take action to protect themselves from deliberate fires
  • make sure all staff know how to respond appropriately in the event of an incident
  • work with their local fire service to reduce false alarms and enforcement notices

Assistant Chief Officer David McGown is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Director of Prevention and Protection.

He said: "We recognise the importance of protecting lives and safeguarding businesses against financial loss as a result of fire.

"We want to encourage businesses to identify fire risks and to take the necessary preventative action to reduce the risk of fire occurring in the first place."

Mark Hardingham, Chair of NFCC's Protection and Business Safety Committee, added: "Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium businesses. This is why the NFCC is committed to making them aware that fire services can help and advise them on reducing their fire risk.

"We encourage them to get in touch with their local fire service and find out about the help that is available to them so they continue to make valued contribution to the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way."

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