Companies around the UK have been issued a warning as part of this year’s UK Business Safety Week (running between September 11th and 17th) to help reduce fire incidents at work and prevent arson attacks in the future.
A station manager for business support with the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service explained that arson can be devastating but it’s important to note that the majority of such attacks aren’t actually planned and are more opportunistic.
As such, reducing waste and the build-up of flammable material near buildings could decrease the chances of an arson attack. The representative went on to suggest that if you haven’t carried out a workplace fire risk assessment now would be a good time to do so.
It was further observed that there are almost 3,000 arson attacks on businesses every year here in the UK, so taking preventative action would certainly be wise.
Tips to prevent attacks for stores and shops include reminding employees of arson threats and urging them to report suspicious behaviour, limiting the number of entrances in use, fitting a metal container inside letterboxes and ensuring that doors and windows are in good working order.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your workforce in case of fire. If you have five or more members of staff, you need to record the significant findings of your risk assessment and identify any group of workers who may be especially at risk.
If you need help with your fire risk assessments in Kent or elsewhere, get in touch with us today.