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Chief Fire Officers Association launches annual UK Business Safety Week

September 6, 2016

As the commemorative celebrations for the Great Fire of London finished on the Thames over the weekend, the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) launches its annual UK Business Safety Week.

This week fire and rescue services throughout the UK will be supporting CFOA Business Safety Week which runs from 5-11 September 2016.

The aim of the week is to publicise the support and advice on offer from fire & rescue services which may help businesses protect themselves from fire and ensure they are legally compliant. One aim is to reduce the number of enforcement notices delivered to businesses and encourage them to make fire safety an everyday part of working life so employees can respond safely and appropriately in the event of an incident.

The week is also an opportunity to remind businesses to review their fire risk assessments and training as business needs change. This is particularly important at this time of year when many businesses begin to prepare for the Christmas period. This might mean extra stock has to be stored, regular working hours may alter and temporary staff might be employed. Where will the stock go? Is there trained staff on site covering the additional hours and has time and effort been allocated to training new staff?

Up to 70% of businesses never reopen after a fire

CFOA President Paul Hancock said: “Business Safety Week is a reminder to businesses that fire and rescue services are here to offer advice and help on making the workplace safe from fire. We ask employers to make this a priority by contacting Churchill Complete Compliance, the CFOA directly or the local fire and rescue service if they haven’t addressed fire safety, reviewed arrangements or trained staff regularly. Not complying with the law can lead to financial penalties or, if the worst happens, loss of livelihoods and lives.”

 

The Fire Fighters Charity

This coming 7th September will mark the 76th anniversary of the London blitz, when in the course of 24 nights German bombers dropped 5,300 tonnes of high explosives on the capital. It was during these dark days that today’s Fire Fighters Charity was started. Monies were raised and donated by fellow Nations to provide support to the bereaved families of London’s firefighters who died whilst tackling the devastation. Today the charity offers a broad range of services and support to firefighters and their families coming to terms with and recovering from illness, injury and trauma.

The Firefighters Charity relies on the generosity of regular donors and volunteer fund raisers to find its £9 million running costs. It is with great pleasure that through our trusted partners, from 2nd September 2016 a donation will be made to the Fire Fighters Charity for every risk assessment delivered through Churchill Complete Compliance.

To see how we can help you, contact Churchill Complete Compliance on 0845 345 1576 or email completecompliance@churchillservices.com. Working with our trusted partners, we are able to provide extensive fire risk assessments, appropriate advice and remedial and future preventative measures.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

The Fire Fighters Charity – http://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/.

Chief Fire Officers Association – http://www.cfoa.org.uk/