Common causes of fire to business

Electricity
Neglect and misuse of wiring and electrical appliances

Refuse/rubbish
Accumulating in work/storage areas

Smoking
Discarded cigarettes, matches, inadequate ashtrays.

Heaters
Portable heaters can be knocked over, poorly sited or inadequately guarded. All heaters could overheat if obstructed.

Hazardous goods
Includes materials such as paints, adhesives or other chemicals.

Arson
By mischievous children and adult fire raisers, facilitated by ineffectively secured buildings.

Specific hazards
Machinery in dusty environments, heated equipment (e.g. soldering irons), blow lamps, cutting and welding equipment, flammable liquids.

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