1-january

1st: New Year’s Day

  • With the holiday celebrations drawing to a close, make it a new year’s resolution of yours to practice improved fire safety throughout 2017.

1st (approx.): Government Fire Statistics

  • As close to the start of the year as possible, government fire statistics relating to incident numbers, false alarms, fire service callouts and fatalities from the previous year are released.

2-february

22nd: World Thinking Day (Guides and Scouts) – Fire Safety Badge

  • The birthday of Scouts and Guides founder Robert Baden-Powell, this date is used each year to celebrate and acknowledge the practices of Guiding. Among those badges on offer is the much-coveted fire safety badge!

3-march

1st: Joint CFOA-FIRESA Conference 2017

  • An important date in the diary for any supplier of fire safety equipment and those working on the frontline of emergency fire and rescue services. The CFOA and FIRESA Council event will be held next year in Moreton-in-Marsh, with seminars and product showcases that will be unmissable for businesses operating in this field.

20th: First Day of Spring

  • With the winter months leaving us, the first day of spring is typically a day for cleaning and clearing up the home. Take this opportunity to remove dust from ventilation areas and smoke alarms, and make sure that any build-up of waste is not causing a fire hazard!

26th: Clocks go Forward – Tick Tock Campaign

  • As per the manifesto of the Tick Tock Campaign – changing your clocks means checking the batteries in your smoke alarms. Get into the habit of combining both tasks.

4-april

Date TBC: Health and Safety at Work Day

  • Held annually in April, Health and Safety at Work Day does exactly what it says on the tin. Raising awareness for the potential hazards and risks present in workplaces up and down the country, there is a heavy focus on fire safety.

5-may

4th: International Firefighters’ Day

  • Those observing International Firefighters’ Day wear the red and blue ribbon, acknowledging the sacrifice made every day around the world by those on the frontline of emergency response.  

Date TBC: National BBQ Week

  • May is often the earliest opportunity to get out the BBQ in the UK, so National BBQ Week is a good opportunity to brush up on those al fresco dining fire safety tips.

6-june

1st (approx.): Injuries in the Workplace Statistics

  • With the release of statistics pertaining to injuries in the workplace from the previous year, the government gives an insight into instances of poor fire safety practices.

Date TBC: Child Safety Week

  • An annual event held in June, Child Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to get the younger generations up-to-speed with the basics of fire safety, such as the fire triangle.

20th-22nd: IFSEC Conference, FireX International Conference, Safety & Health Expo

  • A 3-day extravaganza event held at ExCel London, this trio of conferences is a goldmine of information for those working in the facilities sector and other safety-conscious fields.

7-july

1st Onwards: The British Summer

  • With the summer comes a host of activities that require fire safety consideration. From festivals to garden parties to any other form of outdoor gathering of people; keeping the fire triangle in mind and watching out for potential hazards is a must to ensure that the fun doesn’t turn into disaster.

8-august

28th: Summer Bank Holiday

  • August bank holiday? For many, that means BBQ time. Yet 3 months on from National BBQ Week, it might be time to refresh that fire safety knowledge to keep everyone safe over the holiday weekend.

9-september

4th-6th: Great Fire of London Anniversary

  • While the big anniversary might have been in 2016 (350th), it is important to bear in mind the failings that led to so much destruction over the 4 days that the fire raged through the capital, and to learn from these errors.

Date TBC: Business Safety Week

  • Offices and other business environments are at risk from a number of dangers, with fire among the main ones. Business Safety Week promotes the necessity for effective fire safety training, fire warden training and risk assessments to be carried out at all companies.

20th-21st: Emergency Services Show

  • With exhibitions to catch the eye of every business working in the emergency services sector, the show demonstrates some of the latest equipment and products on the market.

25th-1st: Fire Door Safety Week

  • The importance of passive fire resistance in any building cannot be understated, and Fire Door Safety Week aims to raise awareness for the crucial part that this equipment plays in saving lives and property from the devastating effects of fire.

10-october

1st (approx.): Government Health & Safety Statistics

  • October sees the release of the previous year’s health and safety statistics by the government, with fire safety featuring prominently.

8th-14th: Fire Prevention Week

  • Following on from 2016’s theme of ‘Don’t Wait – Check the Date!”, encouraging the replacement of smoke alarms every 10 years, Fire Prevention Week returns in 2017 with a new, as-yet-unannounced theme.

19th: Diwali

  • Diwali or Deepvali is the Hindu festival of light celebrated every year in autumn. To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colorful lights and huge firework displays are held for all to see. All of which when not monitored sensibly can cause huge fire risks to you and your surroundings.

29th: Clocks go Back – Tick Tock Campaign

  • As per the manifesto of the Tick Tock Campaign – changing your clocks means checking the batteries in your smoke alarms. Get into the habit of combining both tasks.

11-november

Date TBC: Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

  • Known, for good reason, as the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide and its dangers are not acknowledged nearly enough. This week aims to raise the awareness needed to change that.

5th: Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night)

  • Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is an annual commemoration held primarily in Great Britain. The night reminds us of when Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding explosives that had been placed beneath the House of Lords. The night is known to include a lot of bonfires and fireworks which when not used sensibly can be a potential fire risk.

12-december

1st Onwards: The Holiday Season

  • With the onset of Christmas and the surrounding celebrations, a number of fire risks begin to emerge. Familiarise yourself with fire safety this holiday season, taking into consideration open fires (whether chestnuts are roasting on them or not), Christmas lights, intense oven usage, flammable rubbish build-up, flammable Christmas jumpers, and anything else that could cause a fire hazard, and have a safe and happy holiday.