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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 2019.

1st – 31st January: Dry January

  • After the excesses of the festive season, many people like to take part in “Dry January” for health benefits, to save money and re-evaluate their relationship with alcohol. Alcohol is also known to be a contributing factor to 1,782 fires in 2016/17.

7th-15th January: On-Call Fire Fighter’s Awareness Week

  • On-call firefighters play an important role in the fire service, supporting local services at call outs and within the local community. Previous experience is not required and being an on-call firefighter can be based around your availability and other commitments.     

24th January: Register My Appliance Day 

  • Whether you have recently purchased a kitchen appliance or your appliance has already given faithful service, you can register your appliance to receive updates on repairs, recalls and more. Learn more about Register My Appliance day.

5th February: Chinese New Year

  • Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year marks the end of the coldest days and is an important celebration across Asia. Fireworks are a huge part of the celebrations to fend off monsters, according to legend.

22nd February: 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!

 

3rd March – 9th March: Hearing Awareness Week

8th March: International Women’s Day

  • Better the balance, better the world. Driving for gender parity across the world, International Women’s day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

13th March: No Smoking Day

  • 2019 marks the 35th “No Smoking Day” in the UK, raising awareness of the dangers of smoking.

16th March: Disabled Access Day

  • Navigating public transport, towns, cities and tourist attractions can be very difficult for people with disabilities. The purpose of Disabled Access Day is to encourage people to try something new with events and activities set up especially to raise awareness and create opportunities to try a new activity or visit somewhere new. Today could be an opportunity to consider how you may improve your fire evacuation for wheelchair users.

20th March: 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!

31st March: 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.

1st – 5th April: Family Safety Week

  • Spearheaded by charity, RoSPA, Family Safety Week is about highlighting accident prevention and helping parents and caregivers provide a safe environment for kids to grow up in.

9th – 11th April: The Fire Safety Event

  • Independently run, The Fire Safety Event is dedicated to supporting the fire and safety industry with over 400 exhibitors and 6,000 visitors.

28th April: 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.

29th April – 5th May: 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.

4th May: Firefighters’ Memorial Day

  • Last May was the UK’s first ever Firefighter’s Memorial Day, commemorating the bravery of those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and offering support to bereaved families.

21st May: Fire Conference 2019

  • The British Standards Institution (BSI) is holding their 11th fire safety conference, featuring industry leaders and insight into fire safety standards in Edinburgh.

18th-24th May: National Safe Boating Week

  • With the lighter nights and warmer weather, those who love to be on the water will already be planning their expeditions. National Boat Safety Week is recognised by local fire services who will be on hand to offer free safety advice.

May 27th – June 2nd: 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.

3rd – 9th June: 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.

18th-20th June: FireX International 

  • Showcasing the latest advances in fire safety, FIREX is a gold mine of information for those working in the facilities sector and other safety-conscious fields.

1st-31st July: 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.

2nd July: I Forgot Day

  • There are many contributing factors to forgetfulness such as stress, age, illness however today is a good chance to make sure that those little tasks that are easy to forget such as checking batteries in your smoke alarm, do not remain forgotten.

26th: 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-8th September: Chimney Fire Safety Week 

  • This year marks the 10th Chimney Fire Safety Week. Each year, there are thousands of chimney fires, many of which are avoidable with regular maintenance and following best practices.

9th- 15th September: NFCC Business Safety Week 

  • Business Safety Week promotes the necessity for effective fire safety training, fire warden training and risk assessments to be carried out at all companies, supporting businesses in complying with the law and keeping staff and visitors safe.

16th-22nd September: Gas Safety Week

  • Organisations across the UK will be working together to help raise awareness of the dangers of gas appliances that haven’t been properly maintained.

23rd-29th September: 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.

30th September – 6th October: Home Safety Week

  • Focussing on detection around the home, the National Fire Chiefs Council asks people to look at the detection safety systems for their homes. A smoke detector on each floor should be the bare minimum with CO2 detectors and heat detectors now widely available for householders to consider.

14th-20th October: Candle Fire Safety Week

  • Candles offer a warm glow and that lovely warm feeling on an autumn evening. However, candles also cause many fires in homes across the country. Resources for candle fire safety are on hand for those who enjoy the warmth, scent or crackle of a candle.

21st-27th October: Student Fire Safety Week

  • For many young people, leaving home to study means greater independence but it also means lots to learn about running a home and keeping safe.

TBC: 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.

27th: 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.

31st October: Halloween

  • Fire services may see a rise in call outs during this period for a number of reasons including crime, anti-social behaviour and increased risks.

5th November: Guy Fawkes Night

  • Celebrating Guy Fawkes 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.

13th-14th November – Emergency Lighting Conference

  • If you are the ‘responsible person’ in your organisation, you may be interested in attending the 2019 Emergency Lighting Conference, held in London. It is free to register and top experts in the field will be present and speaking on the key issues.

18th-24th November – Electrical Fire Safety Week

  • Working with the Home Office and Fire and Rescue Services across the country to promote electrical fire safety in the home. Electrical fires are especially dangerous and prevention is certainly better than fighting an electrical fire.

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. Take a look at our Christmas Office Safety Guide For the Office Infographic too!

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