Businesses in South Yorkshire are being urged to should take extra care to protect their staff, premises and stock over the Christmas period.
South re & Rescue has tackled more than 500 fires in commercial properties over the last three years, with December deemed a peak month for fire risks, with firms carrying extra stock, having an increase in seasonal employees and having winter ‘shut down’ periods.
The warning has been issued by South Yorkshire fire chiefs ahead of UK Business Safety Week, which runs from Monday until Sunday and is coordinated nationally by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association.
Technical fire safety manager, Amy Jenkinson, said: “A fire in a business can put staff and customers’ lives at risk, damage stock and premises and make it impossible for a company to carry out its day-to-day work, impacting not only on the business itself, but on its employees, suppliers and customers.
“We know December is a busy period for many businesses, particularly retailers, but this can mean basic precautions which are normally taken throughout the year are forgotten.
“Basic steps, like keeping fire escapes clear and making sure alarm systems are working properly, can help businesses avoid serious incident and help ensure they comply with the law.”
Firms are being urged to keep escapes clear to ensure staff and customers can get out safely in the event of a fire.
They are also being urged to check their alarm systems and to carry out a fire risk assessment.
A drop-in session is to be held at 2 Genesis Business Park, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, on Friday December 12 from 10am to 3pm to find out more about fire safety.