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Fire safety advice for historic buildings

fire engine in front of an historical building

With a number of significant fires in historic buildings occurring in recent years it is imperative that people responsible for historic premises prioritise fire safety measures. There are many great historic buildings in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and the value of these buildings and their contents is huge. As lockdown continues, premises may be empty for prolonged periods of time, so below is some important advice for owners and managers of these type of buildings:

  • Ensure all non-essential appliances are turned off.
  • Make provisions to continue the testing and maintenance of fire detection systems and any other fire safety provisions including sprinklers and smoke control systems. Records of testing should be kept up to date.
  • Ensure fire doors are well fitted and remain closed to limit the spread of fire.
  • Please confirm that Cambridgeshire Fire Control has up to date key holder information for your premises.
  • Make sure waste in the vicinity of the premises is kept to a minimum and the access to the building is restricted to avoid the risk of arson.

In the event of a fire occurring, it is important to have an up to date emergency response and salvage plan. This can be produced remotely by the responsible person and either stored on site in a premises information box or brought to site by a key holder in the event of an emergency.  The disaster management plan, which will give our firefighters a strategy for their salvage operations, should identify the priority items to be removed and their location within the premises. This should also include details on their size, weight and any security fastenings.  Please make sure all staff likely to respond to the building in the event of a fire or other emergency are familiar with the disaster management plan. 

Details on producing disaster management and salvage plan can be found at: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/documents/disaster-recovery-plan-guide.pdf

If you have any concerns regarding the fire safety in your premises please contact the Fire Protection team.