Fire Safety Officers will be giving advice

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting businesses across the county next week. This is part of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) UK Business Safety Week 2017, which runs from 11 to 17 September.

Fire Safety Officers will be giving advice on how to prevent, protect and respond to fire incidents in the workplace.

John Foolkes, Business and Commercial Safety Manager said:

“Businesses are encouraged to visit our website where they will find clear and simple advice about fire safety in the workplace and how to ensure their fire safety measures meet the requirements of fire safety law.”


UK Business Safety Week: Fire officer finds a blocked emergency exit (c) Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Seasonal staff need training too

UK Business Safety Week will also remind businesses that seasonal staff may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff.

“It’s also a good opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire risk assessments, ensuring that staff are trained and are aware of the importance of fire safety.”


Fire services will be asking businesses to:

  • Ensure they have taken action to prevent fires in the workplace
  • Take action to protect themselves from arson
  • Make sure all staff know how to respond in the event of an incident
  • Work with their local fire service to reduce false alarms

NFCC Protection and Enforcement Lead, Mark Hardingham, said:

“I’m delighted that the National Fire Chiefs Council is again working with small and medium size businesses to help them ensure that they are able to operate in a way that is safe from the terrible effects of fire.”

First steps to fire safety in your business” is available from the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue website.