Reducing arson risk for businesses

Arson can be devastating for any commercial business and lead to loss of production and unemployment

Nearly 60% of businesses never recover after a fire. Make sure yours isn’t one of them.

  • Make sure you have a suitable fire detection and alarm system
  • Install or seek advice on extra security measures such as perimeter security, lighting, CCTV and intruder alarms
  • Do not allow unauthorised people in to staff-only areas
  • Ensure staff know what to do if they see anyone acting suspiciously
  • Consider fitting a fire reduction letterbox

Adopt a procedure for the end of the day

  • Lock external doors and windows
  • Close internal doors
  • Check there are no unauthorised people left on the premises
  • Maintain good housekeeping of storage areas and rubbish containers
  • Switch on security lighting and intruder alarms

Carry out a fire risk assessment

If you are responsible for a building, it’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe. It saves lives, it’s your legal duty, and it makes good business sense.

A fire risk assessment looks carefully at your premises and the people who use them. It helps you and others to understand and identify potential fire risks and take action where necessary to improve your fire safety precautions.If five or more people work at your premises you will also need a written record of your assessment.

Find out more on our fire risk assessments page.

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Putting a stop to arson booklet

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