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Knutsford businesses get fire safety advice at town’s impact day
The Service’s Community Fire Protection (CFP) team has organised a Heritage Impact Day in the town to highlight the steps businesses can take to keep themselves and their properties safe from fire and to advise business owners of their responsibilities under current fire legislation the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005.
Fire safety audits will be carried out by CFP officers who will focus on premises which are grade II listed buildings in the town centre, looking at life protection and also property protection measures within those premises.
The Business Safety Team will also provide free arson prevention guidance and fire safety information on the day.
Businesses will be able to talk to the inspecting officers about their obligations under the Fire Safety Order.
Head of Community Fire Protection, Area Manager Keith Brooks, said: “We are committed to helping businesses protect themselves, their customers and their properties from fire and arson, all of which can have a devastating impact. This event is a way of engaging with people and passing on vital messages. It is estimated that up to 80% of businesses are seriously affected following a fire and many never recover. Simple measures can be taken which can significantly reduce the threat.”
Checks for businesses include:
· Means of escape
· Staff training and firefighting equipment maintenance
· Ensuring waste is regularly removed by the local authority or a contractor
· Make sure outside waste containers are locked when not in use and secured so that they cannot be moved and placed against the property
· Checking that all external doors, roof lights and windows are secure outside business hours
· Provide security lighting in dimly lit areas.
· Consider CCTV where appropriate.
The team will also be speaking to Knutsford’s historic building owner’s about Heritage crime. The loss of any historic building represents a loss which can never be replaced so it is important that these buildings and their contents are protected from the damage that may result in a fire.
Heritage crime covers a wide variety of activity that is responsible for damaging assets (including buildings) that are of particular historical interest e.g: theft of lead and other metals from churches and other historic buildings architectural theft unlawful alteration and damage to Listed Buildings or buildings in Conservation Areas damage to monuments arson/graffiti and will be encouraging local business owners who trade from historic buildings to get involved in Heritage Watch.
Heritage Watch is a network of partners including the local authority, police, fire and rescue service, other agencies and community groups working together to protect heritage assets for future generations. Business owners can get involved by becoming a Heritage Watch champion or starting up a Heritage Watch group. Report Heritage Crime by phoning Cheshire Police on 101 for non-emergencies, always dial 999 if you see a crime happening or likely to happen or phone Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 if you don’t wish to give your name.
If you would like further fire safety advice visit the Business Safety page at http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/