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Loss analysis Main category: Sports Sub category: Sports pavilions


Jan 2009 to Dec 2018: During this period, large loss fires in sports premises accounted for 1.6% of all large loss fires


The numbers: There were 93 large loss fires in sports premises, 16 of which occurred in sports pavilions. Fires in sports pavilions accounted for 0.3% of all large loss fires and 17.2% of fires in sports premises


Cause Sports


Sports pavilions


Time of day Sports


Sports pavilions


Impedances Sports


Sports pavilions


Accidental 39.0% 12.7%


13.1% 12.7%


Deliberate 41.0% 74.6%


12.0% 6.4%


Unknown/unassigned 20.8% 12.7%


00:00 - 06:00 06:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 00:00 Unknown 24.9% 37.5%


16.3% 18.5%


Total 13 2


Access 9 2


2 0


34.5% 24.9%


Acetylene Inadequate water Resources 0 0


2 0


The cost: Fires in sports premises account for 2.1% of estimated financial losses in all large loss fires, with an average of £839,011 per fire. Fires in sports pavilions account for 7.9% of the estimated large losses in sports premises, with an average cost of £385,962 per fire


Insurance component


Sports Sports pavilions Business


Building 57.2% 91.1%


interruption Contents Loss of rent 28.0% 4.8%


7.9% 3.7%


Fires in sports pavilions cost on average £1,324 m2 In large pavilions, an automatic fire detection and


1.1% 0.0%


Machine and plant


3.6% 0.0%


Stock Other 0.2% 0.2%


2.0% 0.2%


; whereas those in sports premises as a whole cost £976 m2 As with all premises, there should be clear


alarm installation should be provided for life safety purposes, and there is a good argument that even in the case of a sports pavilion, the system should be monitored by an alarm receiving centre at night, and other times when it’s not in use. This must surely be justified for premises where an average large fire results in a loss of nearly £400,000. Sports pavilions are sometimes premises with use


shared by several clubs for sports or social activities; in other cases such as golf clubs, the pavilion is the hub of all activities enjoyed by the members. In all cases, there should be a formal fire safety strategy, as well as a fire risk assessment (FRA) for the premises. Where several organisations may use the


building, there should be close liaison between organisations, with designated persons trained and responsible for fire safety. This is particularly important when people with a disability may be present, especially where a club organises sports and events for this section of the community. Nominated staff or club members should receive training in how best to assist visitors with a disability or injury in the event of fire. Large pavilions, such as those occupied by


cricket clubs, may be licensed by the local authority and therefore need to comply with the conditions of the licence, such as by counting the numbers of people going into and out of bars and dining areas. This is important to ensure that the means of escape are adequate for the number of people permitted.


plans showing the fire compartmentation of the pavilion, and the same care should be taken to conserve the integrity of the compartmentation lines as in any workplace. In a similar way, all escape routes need to be maintained free of obstructions, with weekly checks being made and recorded to ensure the correct operation of push bars and similar fittings on final exits from the building. Mowers, strimmers and other petrol powered equipment used by groundsmen should be stored in a separate building or in a compartment accessible only from outside the pavilion, and separated from other areas by a compartment wall offering at least 60 minutes’ fire resistance. Volumes of petrol, diesel or other liquid fuel should be minimised and fuel stored in a proprietary flammable liquid cabinet or container. Fuel storage should be addressed in the FRA or, where organisations have to store significant volumes of fuel to power small tractors and the like, in a separate assessment in compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. While sports are relaxing and fun, the same


fire safety principles should be applied to these activities as to those in the workplace


Adair Lewis is technical consultant at the Fire Protection Association


These statistics are based on information supplied by loss adjusters to the FPA on a voluntary basis and not all insurers conducting business in the UK contribute to this dataset. They represent only sums paid out where the total loss is in excess of £100k and are deficient of losses under £100K, deductibles, underinsurance, uninsured, self insured and captively insured components, which may be significant. In a year, total losses captured typically account for 50% of the ABI declared annual fire loss figure – which is similarly deficient of the same components (except the £100k threshold).


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