(Toolbox Talk) Fire Prevention, Arson

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Fire prevention arson


The aim of this toolbox talk is to increase staff awareness of the arson in order to help prevent fires.

The use of regular toolbox talks, if done effectively, will significantly improve the safety culture within your organisation. This will increase the safety awareness of the workers, and as a result reduce the likelihood of accidents and unsafe occurrences.

Legislation references

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Fire Safety Regulations 2022

Arson awareness

45% of serious fires are a result of arson attack. Most arson attacks are a result of opportunistic vandalism, not targeted malice. 85% of businesses that suffer arson attack never fully recover.

For an arsonist to succeed there must be 3 elements available for the fire to develop:

  • Oxygen (readily available in air)
  • Fuel (waste, materials or products that can burn)
  • Source of ignition

Preventing arson

Preventing arson is based on:

  • Awareness and preventing access
  • Removal or management of fuels
  • Preventing spread of fire

Preventing access

Make proper use of site security measures and report potential areas of concern to a manager. Challenge persons on the premises that you do not recognise. Be polite but firm. Monitor the activities of outside contractors. They are less familiar with security procedures and may require assistance.

Report any suspicious circumstances, particularly incidents or evidence of previous fires in the area. Ensure visitors are escorted whilst on site. Complete security checks before finishing for the day. Ensure all skips are moved away from the building and secured.

Management of fuels

  • Ensure skips and other waste materials are removed from site on a regular basis
  • Secure flammable liquids and gas cylinders
  • Store materials away from the fence line
  • Ensure housekeeping standards are high
  • Only use designated storage areas