Fire Safety for Traditional Church Buildings

Church buildings of traditional construction usually have a low fire risk and do not have a history of injuries and deaths caused by fire. However arson attacks and accidental fires do occur and when churches are unoccupied there is a potential for serious fires to develop. Incidents of arson attacks whilst the church is occupied, whilst rare, have also been known to take place.

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.


  • Legislation
  • Understanding fire risks
  • Reducing the risk of fire
  • Fire precautions
  • Response to emergencies

Additional Information

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  • Pages: 48


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