Places of worship risk review

A few years ago, places of worship were readily accessible for times of contemplation or to say prayers. It is a sad reflection of our times that most are now kept locked and have grilles on the exterior to protect stained-glass windows and other ornate features.

These measures are to protect the premises against theft and criminal damage, and reduce the incidence of deliberate fire setting. Statistics reveal that 47.2% of fires in religious buildings are the result of arson and a further 8.3% are of unknown origin.

In this article, the FPA's Adair Lewis provides an analysis of the latest figures relating to large-loss fires at religious premises.

Topics covered:

- Large loss.

- Fire hazards.

- Addressing the problems.

- Fire statistics.