There are three main ways a fire can start: intention (arson), ignorance or carelessness. Here are some hints on how to prevent the worst: ● The damage an arsonist does can be minimised by ensuring that all fire detection systems are working efficiently and are placed in suitable areas. Many fires start in the waste and materials left outside the premises, which can act as a magnet for youths. ● Employees should be clear on whose job it is to carry out fire prevention checks. Confusion over responsibility leads to no one doing anything and many fires could have been prevented had the checks been made in the first place. ● Your business premises should be organised to prevent the risk of fires started by carelessness. For example, cardboard boxes and other combustible materials should be kept away from sources of heat where possible. ● Electrical fires started in fridges, freezers and other display equipment are frequent and highlight the need for clean, well maintained equipment and premises.
● Besides a tragic loss of life, the damage to property, loss of revenue, fines, compensation and insurance claims due to fire cost the economy more than £6.5bn in 2004 in the UK, according to the Association of British Insurers. ● Statistics show that 70-80% of UK businesses fail within three years of experiencing a fire. ● According to the Fire Protection Association, more than 30,000 small businesses burn down every year, showing why it is important to do all you can to protect your store.