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Business Safety Week

During Business Safety Week, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will be joining other Fire & Rescue Services across the UK in promoting business safety messages. The week runs from 11- 17th 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.

Fire Safety is important all year around, however during business safety week, businesses are asked to pay particular attention to:

  • Reducing false alarms in the workplace
  • Protecting businesses from Arson
  • Preventing fires in the workplace
  • Actions in the event of a fire.

False Alarms account for around 40% of all calls attended by Fire & Rescue Services; this prevents fire engines from being available to attend real emergencies. There is a cost to business also; each year false alarms are estimated to cost UK businesses around £1 billion a year.

Learn how to reduce False Alarms by clicking here 


The risk of Arson can be reduced by taking the following steps:

  • Keeping wheelie bins out of sight where possible as they are often targeted by arsonists.
  • Do not stockpile rubbish next to your bin or anywhere accessible on your property.
  • Always clear away any garden waste after gardening.
  • Do not leave gas cylinders, petrol containers or any flammable fuels accessible on your property.
  • Do not store old or unwanted vehicles that are in poor repair accessible on your property.  Old cars and motorbikes are an obvious target.
  • If you smoke outside your property, do not leave cigarette lighters and matches lying around.
  • Report any suspicious activity on yours or your neighbours’ property to the police or fire service.


The first stage in preventing fires in the workplace is to carry out a fire risk assessment. The fire risk assessment should typically have the following five steps:

  • Step 1: Identify the fire hazards
  • Step 2: Identify the people at risk
  • Step 3: Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
  • Step 4: Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
  • Step 5: Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.

More information on fire risk assessments can be found here


The Actions to take in the event of a fire should be part of a Fire Emergency Plan.  The plan should detail the pre-planned procedures that staff and managers will carry out. Things to include in the plan are:

  • Action employees should take if they discover a fire
  • How people will be warned
  • How the evacuation is carried out (action on hearing fire warning)
  • Include the evacuation of visitors and people with disabilities
  • Details of assembly points
  • Procedures for checking the premises have been evacuated
  • Identify escape routes
  • Details of firefighting equipment and location
  • Duties and identities of persons with specific responsibilities in the event of a fire
  • Where appropriate, the isolating of machinery and processes
  • How the fire service is called and by whom
  • Liaison with fire service on arrival

Staff should be trained to carry out their duties in the event of a fire.

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