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Fire safety

Fires in churches can be devastating in terms of damage to property, injury and even potentially loss of life.

It can also mean the church has to close while repairs are carried out. Services will have to be held in other churches while clubs and classes who regularly use the church premise have to find somewhere else to meet, or may be forced to close due to lack of alternative facilities.

Ways church fires can start

  • Faulty electrical wiring

  • Faulty heating systems

  • Building works as part of church repairs and restoration.

The use of candles in church, while being a very important part of church life, also presents and significant fire risk potentially causing serious injuries, if not used correctly.

However, there are simple, practical things you can do to minimise the risk of a fire breaking out in your church.

Fire safety tips

  • Make regular checks of your electrical wiring and heating systems

  • Treat candles and any naked flame with great care

  • Use our arson checklist to review the risk of an arson attack on your church

  • If you are having building work done at the church be aware of any ‘hot-works’ our guidance can help you identify the risks

  • Make sure you have firefighting equipment in your church and that it is well maintained

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment on your church and review it regularly

  • Read our fire guidance notes for more information about how to avoid fire hazards.

You can read about the impact of church fires, and the process of getting the church back up and running, in our case studies .

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