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Dryer, hotter conditions are sweeping Europe and the UK, a trend set to continue. Fire risks remain a serious threat to property and life. The heatwaves and dry spells recently experienced in the UK have created the perfect hotbed for fires to alight. Without appropriate safeguards, these may pose commercial disruption, unforeseen financial liabilities and loss of life risks.

Fire Risks and Safeguards

The fire outbreak that occurred in Waterston Industrial Estate, Pembrokeshire, is a stark reminder for commercial businesses. As many as 100 firefighters were tackling a blaze that ignited within a large storage unit, which after the unit was destroyed, spread to nearby buildings and adjacent dry fields. The incident tragically resulted in one loss of life. It is imperative for commercial estates to review mitigating precautions, including procedures for handling commercial waste, methods of waste recycling, disposal, and waste separation guidelines to minimise combustible hazards.

Poorly managed waste on estates now have a significantly higher chance of being a fire risk with all but the smallest of ignition that can lead to a chain reaction. Expertly managed waste ensures the best solutions to recover, recycle or dispose of, mitigating fire risks throughout the entire estate, and aligned practices across multiple sites. By observing this, in the face of a prolonged heatwave and unpredictable climate, businesses are less susceptible to fire incidents and ensure the loss of life can be prevented.

We provide sustainable disposal solutions to all sectors from healthcare, construction, chemical, commercial, trade industries and more. Our practices and waste management accreditations ensure businesses stay compliant in waste management and we’re adapted to deliver sustainable solutions that manage hazardous and combustible waste, the right way.

GPT Waste offers an industry-leading, transparent and technology-backed offering to the UK waste sector. We can offer strategic reviews of your waste management requirements in order to identify environmentally and cost benefits. Our approach has made us the UK’s leading independent waste management company. To speak to our expert team about your waste management requirements, call 0844 854 5000