18 November 2017   |  Last Updated 07-01-2015 03:51

      Tuesday 09, December 2014

      Greater Manchester Businesses urged to get fire safe this week

      GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are visiting businesses this week as part of UK Business Safety Week.

       

      Shop, restaurant, hotel and industrial managers are being urged to maintain and update their fire safety procedures.

       

      Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton says the focus is on giving advice to small businesses. 

       

      “A fire can seriously affect business if the owner doesn’t have a business continuity plan – so GMFRS wants to give advice and information to prevent businesses suffering the potential consequences of fire."

       

      Nationally, the number of fires in premises has fallen in recent years. From 2002 to 2013 there were 1,024 casualties, 21 of which were fatalities.

       

      In 2013, a Northern Quarter burger restaurant, Almost Famous was forced to close following a fire. 

       

      Three crews were called to deal with the blaze which destroyed the kitchen and caused the roof to collapse. 

       

      No-one was injured but the restaurant remained closed for a year. 

       

      Business Safety Week comes at a time when many businesses have increased fire risks whether due to large amounts of extra stock, more seasonal employees, or because they are preparing to close for the Christmas holidays. 

       

      Chief Fire Officers’ Association President Peter Dartford said, “It’s not only commercial premises that can be at risk – reducing the potential for fire in buildings used for voluntary and community use is also a key objective of the week.

       

      “Reminding the owners of these premises to re-consider their risks, especially at this time of year, will help protect the valuable services that these voluntary and charitable groups offer.”

       

      Protection staff from GMFRS will be visiting businesses and giving safety tips throughout the week.

       

      By Sam Rosbottom

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