Church Maintenance

Routine Maintenance Reduces Risk and Losses: Fire Safety

We know that when you think of doing ministry, you’re probably not envisioning inspecting your roof, replacing filters, and making sure gutters are clear.

But each of these tasks is part of keeping your building and grounds in order. A church that is taken care of can better serve its congregation the community. The last thing anyone should worry about when they come to church is their safety.

Doing routine maintenance needs to be something your church does, like clockwork. If you’re not doing it now, that’s okay. We’re here to walk you through a few basics to get you started.

Fire Safety

  1. Identify one individual to be responsible for replacing the batteries in all smoke detectors every 6 months and testing their function, as well as making sure that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and their inspection tags are up-to-date.
  2. Regularly inspect electrical systems and appliances for potential fire hazards.
  3. Designate one individual to be responsible for extinguishing and checking all candles during the holiday season.
  4. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  5. When using candles, carefully select where candles should be placed – do not place near window treatments, decorative foliage or other combustible materials.
  6. Substitute battery-operated candles for events when possible.
  7. Collect and store all candles in noncombustible containers.

Originally posted on Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company

This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to give specific legal or risk management advice, nor are any suggested checklists or action plans intended to include or address all possible risk management exposures or solutions. You are encouraged to retain your own expert consultants and legal advisors in order to develop a risk management plan specific to your own activities.

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