Reducing Arson At Work

The biggest cause of fire in shops and retail premises is someone deliberately starting a fire – arson.

You can protect your business from arson at low cost.

  • Fences around the premises should be at least two metres tall
  • Windows and doors should be fitted with strong locks
  • Keep items than can burn away from your building
  • Empty skips and bins regular
  • Keep items that can burn away from your building
  • Cut back bushes and trees regularly so they don’t get too close to your building
  • Have a close down plan at the end of the day so someone secures the building and deals with any risks

What you have to do by law

​​​If you manage or operate a business, you will need to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

As the responsible person, you must:

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises, review it regularly and ensure that it is held on the premises and is always available for inspection
  • Tell staff about any risks that you identify
  • Put in place and maintain appropriate fire safety measures
  • Plan for an emergency and record your plan
  • Provide staff with information, instruction and training

You can read about how to make your premises safe from fire here.