Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service - Business safety

We work closely with our community to make Cumbria a safer place to live, work and visit. 

Annually, within the UK, on average 30 people die and 2,000 are seriously injured as a result of fires in the work place. Besides the loss of life the damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and insurance premiums cost the economy over £6 billion. It can be the end for small businesses as 75% of businesses that have a fire within the first year of trading never trade again.

As part of the commitment to reduce fire deaths, injuries and the damage caused by fire the Government is changing fire safety legislation. This section advises on the changes in legislation and other aspects of safety at work.

The HSE Website provides more detailed information about health and safety at work.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service recognise that price rises for fuel and food may lead to people having to make difficult choices to meet rising costs. What we don't want is for these choices to place you at greater risk from fire or Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Are you considering using your premises as warm space this winter?

Due to the current cost of living crisis, several charities and community groups are deciding to open their doors to create 'warm spaces' for people to congregate, have a cuppa, a chat and not have to worry about heating their homes.

If you or your community group are considering opening your doors to our communities, have you considered the safety of those people entering your building in relation to fire safety?

All businesses, including voluntary organisations are required to abide by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Order places the responsibility on individuals within an organisation to carry out risk assessments to identify, manage and reduce the risk of fire.

If you would like more information, a consultation about your needs (an operational business engagement) or to arrange a full fire safety audit, please contact a member of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service's Business Safety team from your area: