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 2018.

The campaign runs from 10th – 16th 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 2016-17 there were 10,751 fires with 5,936 being deliberately set and the figure for false alarms being 14,791. From these figures, a total of 2,938 fires were recorded to be in Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service with 1,288 as deliberate and the figure for false alarms being 4,754.

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.”

The Chair of the NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Committee, Mark Hardingham said, “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.”

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

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