There has been a significant rise in the number of serious fires involving waste in the UK, raising concerns as to whether unsecured waste is an easy prey for arsonists.
The consequences of waste fires can be devastating on businesses, with the after-effects sometimes continuing for many weeks. Site clean-up, damage to buildings and dealing with insurance claims all takes time and effort away from the everyday running of the business.
Ensuring your business is protected against the risk of fire is of upmost importance to every business owner.
The following top tips provides some useful guidelines in protecting your business against potential arson risks.
1 - Be Aware!
School holidays are typically times of greatest activity for juvenile arsonists. Therefore it’s prudent to be aware of when school holidays are and if necessary, take greater precautions to protect your business during these periods. Check perimeter fences and enclosures for possible breaches.
2 - No Hiding Place
Deterrents to arsonists include good quality energy-efficient dusk to dawn lighting, which is vandal resistant. Try to avoid installing outdoor lighting at high levels, which can create dark shadows ideal for concealment. Roofs, entrance ways and porches should be assessed for methods to prevent easy access and to avoid providing hiding places for intruders.
3 - Keep Staff Informed
It’s vital to keep staff updated with fire safety routines and precautions. Regular information and training should be provided for all staff about fire safety measures in the workplace, and how to spot opportunities for arsonists.
4 - Consult Your Employees
Getting your staff to continuously evaluate site safety is of great benefit. Encourage staff to identify potential problems and generate practical solutions that can achieve complete fire safety. Your employees are the ones that are on-site every day and are best placed to spot potential hazards.
5 - Check Special Fire Risks
Some materials, such as some chemical substances, have been reported to ignite spontaneously! Consult the trade associations and manufacturers regularly for the materials your business handles to seek further guidance on the precautions to take and ensure you’re up to date with fire risks.
6 - Organise Your Waste
Keeping your waste organised can reduce the possibility of fire. For example, keeping paper and card waste separate to combustible waste is obviously good sense. Waste should also be moved away from where it can be seen easily, and even locked away if possible. Especially out of business hours.
7 - Emergency Services Liaison
Build good lines of communication with your local Fire and Rescue Service to establish the most efficient means of liaison. In particular, the emergency services should be advised of all dangerous substances handled at your site.
8 - Regular Maintenance Routines
A regular maintenance schedule is central to efficient fire safety routines. It is good practice that premises and any firefighting or detection equipment, emergency routes and exits are covered by a suitable system of maintenance. This ensures premises and equipment are in efficient working order and good repair.
Always remember, think ahead! Arson is unfortunately a risk faced by the majority of businesses. By preparing a Disaster Recovery Plan, you can minimise potential losses and disruption resulting from a fire. Putting plans in place now will pay dividends in the event of a serious fire.
Why choose Triple Star Fire & Security?
Triple Star Fire & Security have many years’ experience in helping businesses secure their premises against the risk of arson. Contact us today on 0203 189 1960 for more information. Or leave your details and we’ll get back to you.