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Fire Safety Guidance for Owners, Managers and Responsible Persons of Heritage Premises

We have some major historic buildings and landmarks throughout North Yorkshire and the City of York, the loss of which represents a loss which can never be replaced. As such, it is important that these buildings and their contents are protected from the damage that may result from a fire.

As a fire service we have plans for dealing with incidents at heritage buildings. We are also members of a regional heritage working group with neighbouring fire and rescue service which includes membership of Natural Trust, English Heritage and various estate managers etc.

However, if you are the owner or manager of a heritage building, there are some fairly simple actions you can take to protect the buildings and artefacts. These will lower the risk of your building being involved in an incident and limit the damage to your building and its contents.

1. Make an assessment of the likelihood of fire occurring in your building by conducting a Fire Risk Assessment.

Consider what you can do to reduce or eliminate the risks and their impact, 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?

Your local fire safety office will be glad to discuss any queries you have. This will help you and us to plan for any potential incidents by assessing the problems (such as access and poor water supplies).

Further advice and guidance can also be found at:

See further advice and guidance on the Historic England wesbsite

See further advice and guidance on the Historic Environment Scotland website

2. Make a salvage plan

We have created these simple templates for you to use:

Download template Salvage plan – to be used in the event of a fire or major emergency

Download template Salvage plan for special artefacts 

3. Fit a sprinkler system

The most effective way to protect any property if a fire occurs is to install a sprinkler system.

Visit The British Automatic Sprinkler Association website


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