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As part of Business Fire Safety Week 2022, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will be sharing fire safety advice and information to encourage businesses not to overlook fire safety.

The call comes as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC) Business Safety Week which runs from the 5 - 11 September. The campaign aims to make businesses aware of their fire safety responsibilities and give management and staff the correct information to help prevent and respond to fires in the workplace.

Many fires in the workplace are preventable and many businesses never recover after a fire incident. Simple measures on reducing risks and ensuring staff know how to respond if a fire should happen keeps people safe and makes business sense.

At this time of year many businesses will be preparing for the Christmas period and may also be impacted by the current cost of living crisis. Any changes to the way businesses operate can impact fire safety, so HFRS is urging them ensure they have reviewed Fire Risk Assessments to reflect any changes.

Many smaller businesses may have accommodation above or adjacent to them and the week will also highlight fire safety for these premises. HFRS encourage residents living above a business to check they are protected from any fire risks and businesses to ensure they don’t compromise people’s homes. Residents and business owners can both approach the fire service for advice.

There’s plenty of advice and support for businesses on the HFRS website. Find out more by clicking here.

Gavin Tomlinson, NFCC’s chair for protection and business safety said:

“Fire and rescue services are committed to helping all types of businesses reduce the risk of fire in the workplace and be compliant with fire safety law. We don’t expect businesses to be experts, that’s’ why we are here to provide help and advice.

“We encourage any business to work with their fire service to help prevent fires to help them remain productive, safe and legal.”