Fire advice for businesses

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is asking business owners to

ensure their factories and warehouses are safe from fire, after a series of incidents across the county including one in Fenland.

In the last year, there have been a number of high profile factory fires including a specialist plastics recycling company in

Wimblington in February and a fruit and vegetable packing company in

Peterborough in March.

Also last month there were fires in factories and

warehouses including one blaze at Friday Bridge.

Mick Marsh, Fire Protection Adviser for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The implications of a factory fire for a business are huge - job losses, business continuity and loss of contracts, and increased insurance premiums. As well as this, there can be knock on effects to other businesses and detrimental effects to the local economy and environment.

“A few simple procedures can help protect your business from the risk of fire:

• An up to date Fire Risk Assessment

• Regular electrical checks and portable appliance testing

• Safe working practices

• Regular premises checks

• Staff awareness fire training.

• Reducing the potential for arson (e.g. greater security)

“It is also worth bearing in mind that the main causes for factory fires are combustible items being too close to heat sources, faulty equipment or appliances, and faulty fuel supplies. Make sure you store combustible material in a safe place, and keep all equipment well maintained and frequently inspected.”

A special guidance document for businesses can be found on the website: www.cambsfire.gov.uk in the Fire Safety – In the workplace section, under guidance documents.