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Arson in the Workplace
Incidents of arson at places of work have been in decline in recent years thanks to the combined efforts of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Constabulary, local authorities and insurers. There is however further progress to be made and it is crucial that those with responsibility for the workplace give due consideration to reducing the potential for arson.
The impact of arson is not simply confined to the premises involved and often has a significant impact on the wider community, business partners and local economy. It is an unfortunate fact that 80% of premises suffering a serious fire never fully recover.
A proactive approach to reducing potential incidents of arson need not be complex. There are a number of simple but effective steps that can be taken, which will reduce the potential for arson considerably. For example, controlling combustible materials and waste in and around the premises, reviewing security precautions and reporting incidents involving small fires or anti social behaviour in the surrounding area to the authorities, will make a significant impact.
For more detailed guidance and information on arson prevention and checklists to assist in reducing the potential for arson, see the following links:
An arson safety checklist is available by clicking here