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Festive fire safety warning for businesses

Businesses are urged to take care. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian businesses are being urged to promote fire safety over Christmas.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is issuing the warning because many companies take on extra staff over the festive period, and some of them may not have the same level of fire awareness training as other staff.

The following advice has been issued as part of the 'Keep it simple and safe' campaign:

  • 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

After 20 years’ experience dealing with fires, many of them in places of work, I know how important it is for businesses to be aware of their duty to staff and customers by ensuring they are well trained and aware of fire safety procedures and what to do in case of emergency.

This is a reminder to local businesses that Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are here to offer advice and help on making the workplace safe from fire. We ask employers to make this a priority by contacting us if they have not addressed fire safety, to review their arrangements and staff training on a regular basis.

– Paul Hanby, Fire Protection Manager with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service