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Fire guidance

Fire in churches can have devastating consequences, in terms of damage to property and serious injury and loss of life.

Fires can be caused by a number of reasons in churches, including faulty electrical wiring, heating systems and fire risks caused by church repairs and restoration. The use of candles in church, while being a very important part of worship, can also be a major cause of fire and serious injuries, if not used correctly.


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires churches to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment to identify any possible dangers and risks, as well as the people who may be at risk.

For guidance on protecting your church against the perils of fire, as well as advice on conducting a fire risk assessment, follow our essential advice in the sections below.

  • Arson

    What can you do to reduce the risk of an arson attack on your church? A few simple steps can cost little or nothing to implement.

  • Safe use of candles

    With a few simple precautions, candles can be used safely and remain an important part of worship in church.

  • Church repairs and restoration

    The risk of fire is greatly increased when repair or restoration works are underway. Find out what you should consider before starting any major alterations or repairs.

Full advice can be found in our fire guidance notes. For more information call 0345 777 3322.
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