Fire Advice

Fire is probably the most devastating of disasters that can strike a building. As well as the damage caused by heat and smoke, the water used to extinguish the blaze can also cause serious issues.

Working in partnership with other expert organisations, Historic England has contributed to three guidance publications: 

Arson Risk Reduction

Published 5 May 2017

This guide is designed to help identify threats and take steps to make properties less of a target for arson.

Fire Safety for Traditional Church Buildings

Published 10 November 2017

This guide is intended for churches with congregations of up to 300, to help decide if any fire safety improvements are necessary to protect them, and what improvements can be made to give added protection to the building.

Fires in Thatched Roof Properties

Since the 1990s, the number of fires in thatch roofed buildings has risen significantly. Evidence suggests there is a connection between this and the increasing popularity of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves. In fact, recent studies have shown that these types of stoves are more likely to cause fires in thatch roofs than any other form of heating, including traditional open fires.

Historic England has produced new guidance on measures to reduce the risk of fires in thatched buildings with wood-burning and multi-fuelled stoves. The guidance is based on research carried out by the Fire Protection Association on behalf of Historic England and NFU Mutual Insurance.

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