Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Business Safety Week

This week Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will be engaging with businesses across the County as we help them make sure they are as fire safe as possible.

Working with businesses is a core part of the work the Service does to make the county safer. A rigourous risk based inspection programme carried out by the Service’s highly trained and hugely experienced officers, working with businesses throughout Essex, ensures everyone complies with the latest fire safety legislation whilst not overburdening businesses with unnecessary work.

Every year ECFRS officers inspect more than 8,500 business properties yet there are still around 700 fires in commercial properties in the County every year. This equates to nearly two fires a day

Business Safety Week, September 7-13, has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses are preparing for the busy winter shopping period leading up to Christmas. Many shops will recruit new seasonal staff at this time of year who might not have the fire safety awareness of their colleagues.

At its heart is the SIMPLE fire safety message:

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

Senior Divisional Officer Julian Ashley said: “We work with businesses all year round supporting  them in  complying with the latest fire safety legislation and helping them to make sure that customers and employees are as safe as possible.

“This week provides a special focus for business fire safety and we are urging all businesses in Essex to think about fire safety as they prepare for the busy winter shopping period.”

For tips on how to keep businesses safe click here


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