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Protecting your Building

This page aims to show you some of the things you should consider to improve fire safety in your premises. This is especially true if you are considering making alterations to your building.  It also provides advice on fire alarms and other active systems such as sprinklers. These systems can save lives and reduce the impact of a fire.


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Arson advice for businesses

The biggest fire risk in many premises is from fires started deliberately. Most arson fires are lit outside.

To help keep your premises safe from fire you can:

  • keep premises clear from combustible waste and refuse
  • use metal containers with closely fitting lids for waste
  • make sure that waste burning on site is carefully controlled and supervised
  • arrange frequent collection of waste by your local authority or contractor
  • ask staff to report any suspicious behaviour
  • lock away flammable materials
  • keep skips and bins away from the building

You can also help deter people from accessing your site by:

  • using fencing and signs at the boundaries of the site
  • installing security fencing, security lighting, CCTV and/or an intruder alarm
  • making sure all openings are secured when closing down the building
  • it is important to make sure that smoke alarms, extinguishers etc are in good working order
  • install automatic fire alarms and/or sprinkler systems
  • shut all internal doors as part of the closing down routine


Building Regulations

Are you planning on undertaking building work? If so, this page will provide some guidance and advice on what you may need to do or consider:

Passive and Active Fire Protection

This page explains the passive and active fire protection measures in buildings and structures. It also shows the common problems that will need to be rectified:

Fire Alarm Systems

The purpose of this page is not to tell you whether you need an automatic fire alarm. It will give a few points to consider before you contact a fire alarm installer.

Reducing False Fire Alarms


False alarms from automatic fire alarm systems have a significant impact on your fire evacuation strategy. It may put the lives of your staff and visitors at risk. 
Follow our guidance to reduce the disruptive impact of false alarms, improve productivity and save money.

Fire Sprinklers

Sprinklers have been proven to reduce the impact of fire.  This page explains the benefits and dispels some common misconceptions about fire sprinklers.