Many listed buildings have already been destroyed by fires. Losses of this kind are especially traumatic because the cultural heritage involved is then destroyed forever.
Many listed buildings have already been destroyed by fires. Losses of this kind are especially traumatic because the cultural heritage involved is then destroyed forever. Unlike the material value of a building, its authentic historical importance is irreplaceable.
For this reason, the renovation and refurbishment of listed buildings is subject to a number of special conditions. Work involving heat and flammable materials, such as welding, abrasive cutting, hot-melt gluing, soldering, thermal cutting or working on roofs with open flames, such as burning off, involve huge fire risks. For example, heat is used when working in between wooden beams and old insulation material. This doesn’t just endanger the area immediately surrounding the work area: sparks from welding, cutting and grinding can also ignite flammable materials at a distance.
Although the focus of protecting a listed building is solely to preserve the fabric of the structure, a fire protection system’s primary aim is to protect and rescue people. This apparent conflict between protecting listed buildings and fire protection can be resolved by installing a mobile fire alarm system. If you install a mobile fire alarm system, any renovation work can then be performed with confidence. Buildings can remain open for visitors and events in complete safety while works are being carried out. Mobile fire alarm systems can also be used alongside existing fire-watchers and precautions for large-scale events in and around listed buildings (such as festivals in castles, theatre performances, concerts etc.) to supplement or plug the gaps in the permanent fire protection system.