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Bridlington Businesses Warned of Fire Alarm Changes

Bridlington Businesses Warned of Fire Alarm Changes

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:02am 9th September 2019.

Changes to the way Humberside Fire service responds to automatic alarms are being highlighted this week as part of Business Safety Week.

Businesses in Bridlington are being offered free advice ahead of the change in October which will see fire engines only sent to automatic alarms at non-sleeping premises during working hours, if they have also received a phone call confirming there is a fire.

Over the last 2 years the fire service say they were called to 16 hundred automatic alarms with only 14 percent of those calls actually requiring their intervention. The rest were caused by a faulty system or a malicious or accidental activation.

The free businesses fire safety advice is being offered this week as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council's Business Safety Week 2019. The campaign which runs from 9 - 15 September aims to provide those who are with responsibility for businesses and public buildings with information and advice to reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace, both of which the fire service say impact business safety and productivity.

The national campaign will also be focusing on electrical safety and preperations for busy Christmas period in many businesses.

NFCC's Protection and Business Safety Vice Chair Guy Keen, said:

"About one third of fires in the workplace are due to electrical faults and misuse of electrical equipment. The majority of these fires are likely to be preventable by taking some simple measures, businesses can learn about how to make their premises and their staff safer from fire.

We know that many small businesses never recover from the damage caused by fire, so it is really important to factor in fire safety particularly as part of preparations in the run up to Christmas."

Chair of NFCC's Protection and Business Safety Committee, Mark Hardingham said:

"Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium size businesses. The NFCC is committed to supporting business and linking them to their local fire and rescue service who can help and advise them on reducing their fire risk.

We encourage business owners to get in touch with their local fire service and find out about the help available so business can flourish and support the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way."

The information for businesses is on the Fire Service website at www.humbersidefire.gov.uk

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