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Reducing Arson

A large fireArson can have a devastating effect on any business - but there are some simple steps owners can take to protect themselves. 

Ensure you include the impact of arson in your workplace fire risk assessment. A large percentage of businesses fail to return to trading following a fire.

Cut down on the risk of arson

Top tips to reduce the risk of arson:

  • Report accumulated or abandoned refuse to your local council. Don’t let it become a target for arson.

  • Anti-social behaviour is often linked to arson. Report such behaviour through your local neighbourhood policing team, neighbourhood watch team or through Crimestoppers.

  • Protect your commercial property. Seek advice on security, good lighting and CCTV will often acts as a deterrent to the criminal.

  • Contact your local Fire Protection team to ask them about arson in your area. They are there to help.

  • When closing down your business adopt a thorough closedown procedure considering:

  • External doors are locked

  • Internal doors are closed

  • No unauthorised persons are left on the premises

  • No accumulation of waste or rubbish

  • Alarms are switched on

  • Take responsibility and think of ways in which someone could start a fire inside or outside of your property. Act on any issues you find.

  • Arson attacks on farms and small holdings do happen. Take simple precautions to reduce the likelihood of this happening. Lighting around barns and outbuildings will deter the opportunist thief and the would-be arsonist. More Farm fire safety tips

  • As a parent or guardian contact your local Fire Prevention team if you identify a child has been playing with matches within the home, or if you suspect that your child has a problem with fire. There are helpful programmes to ensure that child play behaviour doesn’t escalate to a serious fire.

More tips for business owners or managers to reduce the chance of arson

Arson is always a threat, but one which you as a business owner or manager can control.

Please use the links below to help you reduce the chances of arson.

Contact us for more information about arson reduction

For FREE fire safety advice, contact your local Protection team.

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