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Fire safety 

Fires in churches can have devastating effects, not just in terms of property damage or the potential risk to life.  They can affect local communities, disrupting the good work and charitable activities of a church. 

Many church fires can be attributed to faulty electric wiring and apparatus or heating systems. Other hazards can include the risk from arson; hotwork during repair or restoration; lightning strikes; or other obvious ones, such as smoking, candles or the use of combustible materials and flammable liquids. 

There are a number of key things to consider when looking to prevent fires in your church.  

Take a look at our short video to learn more: 


Managing the risk from fire 

You need to effectively manage the risk from fire at your church. You also need to meet your statutory obligations too. Broadly, these require you to: 

  • Complete, record (in most circumstances) and review, where necessary, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment 
  • Implement (and maintain) appropriate fire precautions to protect people 
  • Implement appropriate fire safety arrangements 
  • Eliminate or reduce risks from dangerous substances 
  • Provide adequate fire-fighting/fire detection equipment and emergency routes/exits 
  • Implement procedures to deal with emergencies and serious and imminent danger 
  • Appoint someone who is competent to assist you 
  • Provide adequate training and information
  • Co-operate with others where appropriate.

More risk safety advice

  • Arson

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    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.

    Find out more

  • Safe use of candles

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

    Find out more

  • Bonfire and firework displays

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    Follow these precautions and make sure your firework display is a safe one.

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  • Electrical safety

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    Follow our advice to ensure that your electrical wiring doesn't present a fire hazard.

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  • Church repairs and restoration

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    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.

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