There has been a decline in arson, steadily reducing since 2001-2002.
This is great news for business owners, however no employer can afford to rest on their laurels. Although numbers have decreased, there were still 21 900 deliberate fires in 2013-2014. Arson is still a risk, whether it is targeting domestic or commercial premises. Of the 4950 "other building fires" in 2013-2014, 61% were in potentially commercial premises:
Protecting your business from arson is essential, not only in order to protect your staff and visitors, but also to protect your future. Regular external checks by managers or fire wardens is a start to reducing the risk. Removing necessary waste and combustibles from outside areas of your site reduces potential fuel for arsonists is also top of the advice list. The place to start however is your Fire Risk Assessment which should include a section on potential arson risks.
Look out for our Arson Prevention e-book which will soon be available to download.
In the meantime if you need advice on how to avoid arson, or have any other questions relating to fire prevention in the workplace, please do not hesitate to call on 01246 434 314.
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