Site Risks - Fire and Security
Protection against fire, theft and vandalism, both on premises when parked and when vehicles are being used or operated off site is a vitally important factor. However what is often overlooked is the need to provide drivers/staff with extensive training in fire/theft prevention, use of fire extinguishers and appropriate firefighting techniques.
|Significant fire hazard presented by proximity to either hazardous or combustible materials.||No previous fire, theft or vandalism losses on risk.|
|No Fire Department available, or response time is in excess of 15 minutes.||Fire Department response time is less that five minutes.|
|Prompt removal of vehicles in the event of fire is difficult and/or vehicles are parked unattended on a public street.||Adequate water supply (hydrants) on-site. On site security provided 24/7.|
|No security provided e.g. premises are unfenced, have no gate or are unlit.||Staff have received extensive training in fire prevention, safety procedures in the event of fire and/or fire fighting.|
|High concentration of equipment / values at one location.||Vehicles are equipped with satellite tracking and/or recovery units. Regular inspection & maintenance of these units by a certified contractor.|
|High frequency of prior theft loss activity.|
- Ensure that assigned parking areas are not in proximity to storage or manufacture of dangerous and/or combustible materials.
- Develop emergency procedures for fire response and ensure that all drivers/staff have received appropriate training. This should also address fire/theft prevention techniques, use of fire extinguishers and appropriate fire fighting techniques.
- Equip vehicles with satellite tracking/recovery units and ensure that regular inspection & maintenance of the units is provided.
- Designated on-site parking areas should be fenced, gated and manned by 24/7 security.
- Best practice requires that premises are protected by suitable security e.g. fence, gate, 24/7 guards and prompt Fire Department response time in the event of fire.