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Businesses urged to check fire safety measures
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 10th September 2018 at 12:26

Businesses across Tyne and Wear are being urged to check they are safe from the risks of fire.This comes as part of the launch of Business Safety Week, a campaign promoted by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) which runs from 10-16 September. The week encourages all businesses to double check they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business, employees and the public from fire. Advice will also be given on preventing arson attacks, reducing false alarms, and if needed fire safety advice for premises with sleeping accommodation. TWFRS Head of Fire Safety Richie Rickaby said: “We work with businesses all year round supporting them in complying with the latest fire safety legislation and helping them to make sure that customers and employees are as safe as possible. “This week provides a special focus for business fire safety and we are urging all businesses in Tyne and Wear to think about fire safety as they prepare for the busy winter shopping period. “While TWFRS supports businesses through engagement, we will also carry out enforcement when necessary. “The safety of the public is at the heart of everything we do, therefore we will continue to work with our partners to support the business community and promote fire safety compliance.”This week is also timely for businesses that intend to store and sell fireworks. They should ensure their premises have a current explosives licence and adequate fire safety provisions to store fireworks safely. To apply for a licence please contact us at: Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland 0191 444 1264 or 0191 444 1249 Newcastle and North Tyneside 0191 444 1002 or 0191 444 1004 In the last financial year TWFRS attended 237 fires in a non-domestic property with 20 of those spreading from secondary fires outside of the building, therefore it is important to consider outside your premises as well as the inside. For further information on NFCC UK Business Safety Week visit For general business fire safety advice visit For more information on the Primary Authority and the 'Better Business for All' schemes visit;
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