Vacant or sparsely occupied properties present unique challenges because they lack the day-to-day activity that naturally mitigates common hazards. For example, a largely unoccupied building may be prone to unauthorised access or malicious damage. Isolating or not continuing to maintain sprinkler systems leaves the building exposed to a potentially severe fire while a reduced security presence may result in an increased risk of intrusion or arson.
There is a danger that routine risk management programs and maintenance protocols are deferred. This may result in the potential for incidents having an increased frequency or severity of loss.
Hazards in unattended buildings may present a risk to visitors, staff, contractors or emergency responders. Poorly lit areas, unprotected floor openings, abandoned chemicals or flammable materials can make it dangerous for those in the building or fighting a fire.
Managing the Risk
The following should be considered:
Risk Management Protocols