Simple steps that can avert disaster

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Firefighters are offering East Dunbartonshire businesses a simple safety message to help their staff stay safe.

Next week (September 7 to 13) has been designated Business Safety Week by the UK Chief Fire Officers Association, at a time when many firms have begun recruiting additional seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period.

These 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.

Group manager David Cowley, who is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) head of prevention for the area, said: “We want to encourage businesses to identify fire risks and take steps to reduce the chance of an emergency happening.

“Of course protecting people is absolutely paramount but we also recognise the importance of safeguarding businesses against financial loss as a result of fire.

“Even small fires where no-one is hurt can have a massive impact on a business and the local economy, so fire safety isn’t something anyone can ever afford to take for granted.”

This year’s message for businesses is ‘Keep it simple and Safe’. The advice includes:

Store stock safely: keep corridors, stairs and exits clear; Identify alarm points so you can warn others; Make sure doors are closed to stop fires from spreading; Place things that catch fire away from things that cause fire; Let someone know if you spot fire safety problems; Ensure everyone knows what to do if a fire alarm sounds

SFRS wants all businesses to ensure their staff are fully aware of potential fire risks and hazards and know what to do in an emergency.