Helping businesses manage their fire risk

Published: 11 Sep 2017

Hertfordshire County Council’s fire and rescue service will be offering businesses safety advice as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) UK Business Safety Week 2017. The week runs from 11 - 17 September and aims to make sure businesses and their staff have the information they need to prevent, protect and respond to fire incidents in the workplace.

Terry Hone, Cabinet member for Community Safety, said: “The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period. New recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. It’s also a good opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training and make sure existing staff know the importance of fire safety.”

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service 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 appropriately in the event of an incident
• work with their local fire service to reduce false alarms and enforcement notices

NFCC Protection and Enforcement Lead, Mark Hardingham commented: "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. These businesses make a massive contribution to the UK economy and local communities and we want to help them to do this in a sustainable and safe way."
More information on fire safety for businesses is on the county council’s website at