FIRE chiefs are offering advice this week as part of a campaign focused on improving safety at businesses and public buildings.

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Business Safety Week initiative, which runs up until Sunday (Sept 16), was launched in a bid to reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) group manager Tim Gray said the campaign "aims to encourage all businesses to double check they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business and employees from fire."

He added: "As part of our support for this week we will be out and about giving advice on preventing arson attacks, reducing false alarms, and if needed fire safety advice for premises with sleeping accommodation."

The NFCC says there were more than 19,410 fires in UK businesses in 2016/17.

NFCC protection and business safety committee chairman Mark Hardingham said: "Fire can have a devastating effect on small and medium businesses.

"That is why the NFCC is committed to making them aware that fire services can help and advise them on reducing their fire risk.

"We encourage them to get in touch with their local fire service and find out about the help that is available, so they can continue to make a valued contribution to the UK economy and local community in a safe and sustainable way."