We have some major historic buildings and landmarks throughout Warwickshire that could never be replaced. It is important that these buildings and their contents are protected from the damage that may result from a fire.

If you are the owner, or manager of a heritage building, there are some simple actions you can take to protect the buildings and artefacts.

Make an assessment of the risk of fire occurring in your building

Consider what you can do to reduce or eliminate the risks, for example:

  • is the building fitted with an adequate warning system in the event of a fire?
  • is the building in a rural area?
  • does it have poor access?

Our firefighters will be glad to discuss any queries you have. This will help us to plan for any potential incidents by assessing the problems such as access and poor water supplies.

Make a salvage plan

We have created these simple templates for you to use:

Salvage plan – to be used in the event of a fire or major emergency (DOC, 734 KB)
Salvage after incident plan – (includes salvage and first aid treatment of artefacts) (DOC, 175 KB)
Salvage plan for special artefacts (DOCX, 56 KB)

Fit a sprinkler system

The most effective way to protect any property if a fire occurs is to install a sprinkler system. The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association highlights how sprinklers can be beneficial to protecting heritage sites in this video – Sprinklers for Safety: Heritage Properties.

Sprinklers for Safety: Heritage Properties from Stewart Kidd on Vimeo.