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This guide provides practical information on assessing the risk of fire and enhancing the security of places of worship of all faiths. It is aimed at everyone who is responsible for the care and safety of those who worship and those who visit, whether they are employed or volunteers, as well as their property and the place of worship's assets. It identifies the important issues, and encourages an approach in which good fire safety and security practice become familiar and normal to the team. All places of worship have to comply with fire and health and safety legislation and, with responsibility for premises becoming more and more onerous, doing nothing is no longer an option.
"From the Foreword by Ecclesiastical Insurance: ""This publication will be invaluable to all those who have responsibility for the care, not just of the fabric of places of worship, but also for the safety of those who worship in them, visit them, and work in them as employees or volunteers. ? As the leading faith insurer in the UK, Ecclesiastical strongly recommend that all those with responsibility for places of worship follow this guidance."""
1. Introduction: Aims of this guide, Places of worship and the law 2. Fire safety: How fires start and spread, Fire safety management, Fire risk assessment, Fire safety training, The fire emergency plan, Communicating the fire safety message, Fire safety features, Escaping from fire, How safe is your place of worship? Fire safety checklist 3. Security: Security and understanding crime, Organising security in order to reduce crime, The walk through, Responding to the findings of your walk through, Special considerations, Security management: a suggested approach, CE marks and certification marks, Security checklist 4. Sources of specialist help, advice and training. References. Index