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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 2018.

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.

22nd: World Thinking Day (Guides and Scouts)

  • 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!

6th: Joint CFOA-FIA Conference 2018

  • 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 FIA 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!

25th: Clocks go Forward

  • 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.

10th – 12th: The Fire Safety Event

  • Being held at the NEC in Birmingham, The Fire Safety Event is an educational and supportive event for the UK fire safety industry, with dedicated seminars and features.

28th: 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.

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.

22nd May – Emergency Lighting Conference

  • Held at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London, the event is attended by leading organisations including NHS, Network Rail & John Lewis. It is free to those managing emergency lighting estates, and provides info on responsibilities, risk assessments & more.

May 28th – June 3rd: 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.

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.

June 5th – June 11th: 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.

19th-21st: IFSEC Conference, FireX International Conference, Safety & Health Expo

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

1st Onwards: The British Summer

  • With the summer comes a host of activities that require fire safety consideration. From festivals to garden parties and all  other forms of outdoor gatherings 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.

27th: 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.

2nd-5th: 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, when the fire raged through the capital, in order 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.

19th-20th: 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.

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.

17th: National Burns Awareness Day 2018

  • Held by the British Burn Association annually in October, the aim is to firstly prevent burns but also inform people on how to provide first aid to those with burns. This is useful for both first aiders in companies and at home.

28th: Clocks go Back

  • 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.

5th: Bonfire Night

  • The annual event to celebrate Bonfire Night should be fun for all the family, so make sure you’ve taken the right fire safety precautions for any open fires and firework displays this year.

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.

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 so that you have a safe and happy holiday.

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