Vacant or sparsely occupied properties present unique challenges because they lack the day- to-day activity that naturally mitigates common hazards. For example, reducing or shutting off heat to the building leaves pipes subject to freezing and bursting. Draining sprinkler systems leaves the building exposed to a potentially severe fire. A reduced security presence may result in an increased risk of intrusion or arson.
There is a risk 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 entering the building or fighting a fire.
The following should be considered: