Helping businesses to stay safe

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting a campaign to help businesses manage their risk of fire.

Business Safety Week (8-14 December 2014) has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will have additional fire risk – whether it’s due to large amounts of extra stock, an increase in seasonal employees, or because they are preparing for a winter shutdown period.

The focus of the week, which is co-ordinated by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), is on three areas:

  • Fire risk management
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Business continuity

While the number of fires in business premises has reduced over the years (from 514 across West Yorkshire in 2009/10 to 414 in 2013/14), the cost of fire and the subsequent losses have been rising. This would indicate that a fire is more likely to be serious when it does strike and therefore result in a significant cost to the business. It is widely believed that 80 per cent of businesses never reopen after a fire.[1]

Nationally, insurance claims in commercial businesses total approximately £3 million per day.

WYFRS Senior Fire Protection Manager, Chris Kemp, said: “A fire at a business premises can put the lives of staff and customers at risk, damage stock and the property and make it impossible for a company to carry out its daily work. Business Safety Week serves as a reminder to ensure you have the necessary resources in place to protect your business. We are there to support businesses and we encourage them to get in touch if they require any assistance.”

WYFRS’ Fire Protection department serves businesses across West Yorkshire in an advisory capacity, via talks, visits and publishing legally binding advice. It also issues enforcement notices where necessary and launches prosecutions in the more extreme cases.

For more advice visit our website www.westyorksfire.gov.uk which has a number of dedicated Safety Leaflets.  To contact the WYFRS Fire Protection department call (0113) 3875738. We will be posting business safety tips on our social media sites, Twitter @West_Yorks_FRS, and official Facebook page www.facebook.com/westyorkshirefire.

 

Statistics for commercial fires below. 2014/15 is to the end of October 2014.

District

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Bradford

133

121

110

108

112

67

Calderdale

38

41

51

34

27

21

Kirklees

92

92

90

78

60

42

Leeds

176

180

164

141

161

76

Wakefield

75

76

78

54

54

36

Grand Total

514

510

493

415

414

242

 



[1] http://continuitycentral.com/feature0660.html