With many of the UK workforce furloughed over the past two-years, businesses have faced long periods of closure, which raised the risk of arson. In fact, in August 2020, an analysis of fire claim submissions from the first series of lockdowns across domestic and commercial properties, including outbuildings and outdoor areas, found:
- An increase in fire claims by 40%
- 36.1% of outbuilding fires were arson cases
- Of all fires, 60.1% occurred in outbuildings or outside
The pandemic put business leaders and commercial property owners under immense pressure to make their working environments Covid secure, such as complying with new social distancing measures by introducing new layouts. However, the increase in arson attacks has meant the focus on readjusting some premises removed a lot of concentration on fire safety matters.
This demonstrates how working with a trusted and experienced fire alarm monitoring provider is extremely important. Buildings remain vulnerable to arson at times of closure, so a quick response limits the chances of a blaze causing serious damage to a building, its occupants, or any by-standers. A fire alarm monitoring system also increases the chances of catching the perpetrator and alerting the relevant authorities. Businesses should never fall into the trap of assuming it will never happen to them. A fire alarm monitoring system could quite simply be life saving.