Heritage at risk
Please note: This safety advice is offered as guidance only. If in doubt, Get out, Stay out and get the Fire and Rescue Service out!
Shropshire contains many buildings which are of great importance to the heritage of the county and the nation.
It is important to all of us that these buildings and there contents are protected from the damage that may result in a fire.
If you are responsible for one of these buildings there are some fairly simple actions which you can take which will:
- Lower the risk of your building being involved in a fire
- In the event of a fire or other emergency limit the damage to your building and its contents
What should you do?
- Make an assessment of the risk of a fire occurring in your building.
When you have assessed the risks consider what you can do to reduce or eliminate the risks. For help in carrying out a risk assessment visit the Fire Kills website
- Is the building provided with an adequate warning system in the event of fire?
For further advice contact our Community Fire Safety department.
- Draft a 'Salvage Plan'
This can be a very simple operation for small buildings but will require more thought for larger buildings.
- If your building is in rural area and access is poor, talk to the staff at your local Fire Station.
These firefighters will be people who live in the local area and the chances are they will be well aware of your property and will be glad to discuss any problems you may have.
- Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is compiling a register of buildings which are of importance to the heritage of the county; its purpose is to help us to plan for potential incidents by assessing any problems (Such as access and poor water supplies) we may face in dealing with fires or other emergencies.
- Heritage at risk - Salvage plan advice - Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
If you feel that your premises should be included in the register or require any help or advice about protecting historic buildings please contact jim [dot] labouchardiere [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Jim Labouchardiere), Incident Command on 01743 260 200.