FIRE SAFETY IN CHURCHES AND PLACES OF WORSHIP

Churches, chapels and cathedrals are busy buildings that need specialist fire protection. Allsaved can help with this essential service.

Keeping congregations safe from the danger of fire

Whether it's a modern chapel or an ancient cathedral, every church building is unique and presents its own challenge in terms of fire protection. 

Many churches are historic structures, with irreplaceable treasures inside. They are places that have strong ties with local communities – even those who do not regularly attend services feel an attachment to their local church, and to see it damaged or destroyed by fire can be devastating.

What causes fires in churches and other religious buildings?

Sadly, arson is a common cause of fire in church buildings. Other causes can be accidental – for example, a candle left to burn too close to flammable materials. Perished wiring or a faulty electrical appliance can also spark a blaze. To combat against the possible hazards, it may be necessary to install not just good security, but also fire detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishing and suppressant systems. 

It is a legal requirement to conduct a thorough fire risk assessment in any non-domestic building in order to ensure the safety of those using the space; this includes all places of worship including churches, chapels, cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, temples and gurdwaras. 

The first stage in the fire protection process is a fire risk assessment, and while this can be carried out by the nominated Responsible Person for your building, it's always advisable to work with expert fire safety consultants to ensure all the potential risks are assessed. 

Once an assessment has been carried out, any necessary works can be completed. Our highly skilled fire safety engineers are always sympathetic to their surroundings, respecting the sanctity of religious buildings, while always ensuring full compliance with the law, as outlined in various pieces of legislation including The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Essential guide to fire safety in churches and religious buildings

If you are responsible for fire safety in your church or diocese, what are the key responsibilities? As an absolute minimum, you must:

  • Carry out fire risk assessments on a regular basis
  • Ensure fire safety equipment undergoes regular servicing, repair and maintenance
  • Keep escape routes clear at all times
  • Train lay staff and clergy in fire prevention and what to do in an emergency
  • Hold regular drills to ensure people can safely evacuate the religious building if necessary

The changing role of churches in the 21st century

Churches are changing. A recent Government review has encouraged religious buildings to become hubs of the local community in a wider sense, following the example of some that have opened Post Offices and even GP clinics in their buildings. Others host educational classes, exercise groups or parent-and-toddler sessions.

If you are considering using part of your church building for a new activity, fire safety must be integral to your plans. Please contact us for an initial consultation so that you are fully aware of your legal duties.

Our dedicated and thorough approach is demonstrated in every project we work on – dedication that been recognised in our recent independent Achilles audit, in which we received a 100% audit score. Our rates are highly competitive, but we will never compromise safety for cost. Why not contact us for a no-obligation quote?

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