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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging businesses to take simple steps to keep their staff and customers safe from fire.
The Service is holding a series of events across the city region during UK Business Safety Week to offer the business community expert fire safety advice.
The message for businesses is ‘Keep it SIMPLE and Safe’ with six simple steps to protect businesses from fire:
Store stock safely: keep corridors, stairs and exits clear
Identify alarm points so you can warn others
Make sure doors are closed to stop fires from spreading
Place things that catch fire away from things that cause fire
Let someone know if you spot fire safety problems
Ensure everyone knows what to do if a fire alarm sounds
Businesses should also have an up to date fire risk assessment where applicable.
The campaign came in the wake of a series of prosecutions by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority against business people who have failed to keep their staff and customers safe.
On June 23, 2015, owners and managers of the Oasis Lounge Shisha Bar on Great Western Street, Hulme, were handed jail terms for a series of fire safety breaches.
On June 26, 2015, landlord, Javed Waraich, who allowed his tenants to live in a flat without even basic fire safety precautions for three years, was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Prosecution is a last resort for us, we will always work with businesses to help them comply with fire safety regulations.
“GMFRS is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on business and teams across Greater Manchester strive to make complying with fire safety regulations as simple as possible.
“Our expert Business Safety Teams are holding events across Greater Manchester next week to reach out to the business community and show them how simple it is to keep their premises safe from fire.
“If you’re a business owner or manager and would like to find out how to improve fire safety in your premises, our experts are always on hand to help you.”
For more information about how to keep your business safe from fire please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.
UK Business Safety Week takes place from Monday, September 7, 2015 to Sunday September 12, 2015 and Business Safety Teams will be holding fire safety surgeries during business hours, unless stated otherwise at the following locations:
Wythenshawe Forum, Tuesday September 9, 11am to 12noon.
Rusholme, Wednesday September 8, 12noon to 4pm.
Longsight Market, Friday September 11, 1pm to 4pm.
Bolton and Wigan
Raikes Lane Industrial Estate in Bolton, Monday September 7.
Moss Lane Industrial Estate in Wigan, Tuesday September 8.
Bankfield Mill Industrial Estate in Bolton, Wednesday September 9.
Kirkless Industrial Estate in Wigan, Thursday September 10.
Rochdale Bury and Oldham
B&Q West Hulme Way, Oldham, Monday September 7.
Anchor Mill, Oldham, Thursday September 10 and Friday September 11, 10am to 3pm.
Tameside and Stockport
Hyde Town Centre, Market Street with Tameside Metropolitan Council, Monday September 7.
Ashton Town Centre with Tameside Metropolitan Council, Tuesday September 8.
Salford and Trafford
Broughton Community Hub, Salford, Wednesday September 9.
Ayres Road Old Trafford, Thursday September 10.
Stretford Mall, Trafford, Friday September 11.