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The ABI releases a Buildings Blueprint to reduce fire and flood risk

Every day, the Association of British Insurers pays out £13million to homes and businesses that have suffered loss and damage as a result of fire or flood.

It’s understandable they should want other bodies and industries to step up and play their part in limiting the exposure of home and business owners to fire and flood.

The Association of British Insurers has published a Buildings Blueprint. The document addresses ways to reduce a property’s vulnerability to fire damage and flood damage, which make up around 50% of insurance industry claims between them.

The Buildings Blueprint

The BSI's 10 requests to help reduce risk of fire and flood to homes and businesses

What’s in the Buildings Blueprint?

These demands request measures to be taken by the government, the building industry, local councils and landlords, and enterprises.

In an attempt to reduce fire damage and damage caused in flooding and escape of water situations, the ABI called for:
  • Investment in flood defences
  • Improved drainage solutions

Increased use of flood resilience measures to speed up recovery time following an escape of water or flood damage.

For the prevention of fire, the ABI called for:
  • More rigorous fire protection legislation to protect high rise buildings
  • Careful selection of building materials
  • Continual monitoring of fire safety rules.

The document also recognises the changing weather that we, as a country, are seeing, that is, in turn contributing to losses due to fire and flooding.

If you experience damage to your home or business caused by fire or flooding, you can contact Rainbow on their 24-hour emergency helpline. Our flood damage remediation specialists can use the latest equipment and techniques to help you extract standing water and thoroughly dry out your property, repairing and restoring furniture and upholstery that isn’t beyond economical repair.

We also have fire damage restoration specialists to help you restore your property in the event of a fire.

With 70 branches across the UK, we’re bound to have a branch near you – on average there is a Rainbow International branch just 23 miles from any postcode in the UK.

Call our 24/7 national helpline on 01623 422488 or visit our website to find a branch near you.

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