How to reduce small retailers Christmas fire risks in Telford and Wrekin
20th December 2012
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Whilst the festive season can be a prosperous time for the retail industry it can also generate a whole host of new fire hazards and risks for retailers.

Fire incidents are one of the biggest risks for retailers. Increased stock levels coupled with faulty fairy lights and decorations are literally an explosive combination. Retailers need to ensure they’re properly protected, otherwise profits could be seriously affected and in some cases shops can cease trading.


Recommendations for reduces fire risk

  • Keep tinsel and similar materials away from sources of heat
  • Make sure portable appliances are safe by checking the wiring, condition of plugs, sockets and trailing electric cables and don’t leave them on overnight
  • Don’t use candles or other naked flame decorations
  • Don’t overload sockets
  • Provide appropriate fire extinguishing appliances and ensure your staff are properly trained in their use
  • Make sure that the additional Christmas stock is not kept near electric light fittings in stock rooms/store areas
  • Make sure your Fire Risk Assessment is complete

If you would like further advice or a no obligation site visit to assess your retail outlet or business premises call 0800 542 3267 or email

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Sarah K

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I work for Shires Fire & Safety Ltd. A well-respected Shropshire company offering fire protection services since 1992. Our proven reputation is demonstrated by supplying products and services to the public...

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