It’s not long until Business Safety Week, which is taking place on the 8th to the 14th of December, connecting fire safety professionals to businesses throughout the UK. In association with the CFOA, the week is set to build upon the goals set out in their Business Safety Strategy, with the he ultimate aim of helping businesses manage fire safety in commercial buildings.
The main areas of focus throughout the week will be fire risk assessments, fire risk management and business community in buildings used for commercial, voluntary and community use nationwide.
It is believed that 80% of businesses never reopen after a fire, while UK insurers pay out £3 million a day for commercial property insurance claims, indicating that more needs to be done to help organisations manage fire safety and identify any risks they are exposed to. Business Safety Weeks comes at a time when businesses need to be extra cautious due to potential extra staff, extra stock and longer than usual periods of shut down time.
Also, whilst the overall number of fires in the UK has reduced over the years, the cost and subsequent losses of fires have in fact increased. This implies that when a fire does occur, they are generally more serious and losses to businesses far greater.
The Fire Industry Association (FIA), the Fire Protection Association (FPA), BAFE and the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) will join the Chief Fire Officers Association in promoting the initiative. Fire and rescue services will also be initiating various activities and events that will encourage businesses to be more pro active when it comes to fire safety.
To find out more about Business Safety Week, see the below links..