Doncaster businesses urged to try and prevent festive fires

Fire and Rescue.
Fire and Rescue.

Doncaster businesses should take extra care to protect their staff, premises and stock this festive period- that’s the message from the fire service ahead of a major national safety week.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) has tackled a total of 119 fires in non-domestic properties in Doncaster over the last three years, with December considered a peak month for fire risks.

According to SYFR, additional risks at this time of year include large amounts of extra stock, an increase in seasonal employees and the implications of winter shutdown periods.

As a result, the fire service is calling on businesses to listen to their advice during UK Business Safety Week (8 to 14 December).

The awareness week, coordinated nationally by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA), seeks to get businesses to engage with local fires services to help manage their fire risk, complete fire risk assessments and ensure business continuity.

Top safety tips from SYFR for businesses include:

- Keep fire escapes clear- make sure extra stock is stored away from fire escapes, ensuring staff and customers can get out safely in the event of a fire

- Check alarm systems- regular checks and maintenance help to eliminate automatic false alarms and ensure the alarm is working if required

- Complete a fire risk assessment- not only will it help to reduce the risk of suffering a fire in the first place, it will help make sure you comply with fire safety laws

SYFR 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.”