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Fire warning for North Yorkshire businesses

Fire warning for North Yorkshire businesses

Published at 6:02am 8th September 2015. (Updated at 10:05am 11th September 2015)

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering businesses simple safety messages.

It's part of the Chief Fire Officers Association's (CFOA's) UK Business Safety Week.

The campaign is running at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run-up to the Christmas period.

These new recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues.

This year's message for businesses is 'Keep it SIMPLE and Safe' and offers the following reminders:

  • Store stock safely: keep corridors, stairs and exits clear.
  • Identify alarm points so you can warn others.
  • Make sure doors are closed to stop fires from spreading.
  • Place things that catch fire away from things that cause fire.
  • Let someone know if you spot fire safety problems.
  • Ensure everyone knows what to do if a fire alarm sounds.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service activities this week include visits to trading and industrial estates across the county to speak to businesses and carrying out targeted audits at businesses.

Statistics show that across the country in 2013/14 alone, there were 2,139 fires in industrial premises, 5,561 fires in commercial/retail and 1,898 fires in schools, higher/further education and health/hospital premises.

CFOA President Peter Dartford said: "UK Business Safety Week's message may be a SIMPLE one, but it's essential that businesses consider fire risks in their organisations, and make sure that their employees are aware of the causes and consequences of fire.

"Fire services work closely with businesses, helping them to effectively manage their fire risks, safeguarding their staff, premises, stock - and potentially their livelihood. Keep it simple and keep your business safe."