Fire – Claims continue to rise

Insurance firm Aviva have stated that fire damage costs are at their highest since records began, and the latest figures reveal an increasing number of arson claims with over 40% of all industry and commerce fire claims now due to fires started deliberately.

A fire needs combustible materials to grow and one of the common causes of arson is through waste storage outside property. Wheelie bins full of rubish or wooden pallets stacked against walls provides the ideal opportunity for an arsonist with potential devastaing effects.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005  (RRO) emphasises that the owner or employer in every workplace has a legal responsibility for implementing and complying with the Order. Businesses should have a strategy for managing fire safety, which includes identifying the risk of arson and acting to reduce it.

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