Free fire safety sessions are being held for businesses in Ely next month as part of a week-long series of drop-in events across Cambridgeshire.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service fire officers are offering local business owners, managers and staff advice at the open-door events across the county as part of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) UK Business Fire Safety Week, which takes place from September 5 to 11.
Fire safety experts will be on hand to offer advice and guidance at the free fire safety drop-in sessions, without any need to book an appointment.
Fires in non-domestic premises in Cambridgeshire have fallen steadily over the past five years, but 76 per cent of these fires have been accidental, which means some may have been avoided or their impact reduced if businesses took further fire safety measures.
The majority (48 per cent) of accidental fires in non-domestic premises over the past five years have taken place in Cambridge city and Peterborough and of all the accidental business fires across the county, wiring cabling and plugs has continuously been the most commonly recorded ignition source.
Station Commander Giles Grainger, lead officer of Business Fire Safety Week, said: “We want to help businesses manage fire risks and hazards to potentially save lives and safeguard their businesses against financial and commercial loss.
“Business Safety Week is a good opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training and make sure existing and new staff know the importance of fire safety.”
The free local drop in session will take place on Thursday, September 8, at Ely Fire Station, Egremont Street, Ely, between 10am and 4pm.
There will also be sessions in Peterborough, Cambourne, Wisbech, St Neots, Huntingdon and Cambridge.
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