Safety Tips for Places of Worship
Illuminate the exterior and all entrances. Consider the installation of motion-activated lighting near doors and windows.
Promote church watches in the neighborhood.
Educate neighbors about recognizing any unusual activities, and encourage them to make note of strangers spending time in the area, both on foot and in vehicles.
Open avenues of communication with local fire and law enforcement officials regarding the arson problems churches are facing.
Keep shrubbery and trees trimmed so buildings can be observed by passing patrols.
Consider fencing areas that are not readily visible to patrols or neighbors.
Installation of a combination of burglary and fire alarm should be considered.
Remove all waste and trash promptly
Provide adequate equipment to housekeeping staff to help keep premises clean
Enact programs for occupants to help maintain cleanliness
Remove any unnecessary clutter in storage areas
Store items in a safe manner, away from sources of spark or flame
Make sure flammable or combustible liquids or aerosols are properly used and stored
Maintain all kitchen hoods - clean filters regularly
Cooking operations should only be performed in designated areas
Ensure all suppression systems are maintained (sprinkler, fire extinguisher, etc.)
Make sure all electrical cords, plugs, switches, etc. are clean and undamaged
Control Smoking areas - provide proper signage
Do not overload electrical outlets with too many appliances
Avoid long extension cords and always run them safely - never under rugs or carpet
Report unsafe conditions or suspicious activity immediately
Make sure any additions or renovations are submitted for review and permitting
All electrical work is required to be performed by a certified electrician
Systems using natural or propane gas should be serviced only by qualified personnel