Toronto, ON:  December 10, 2021:  Arson continues to be the leading cause of fires affecting Canadian places of worship, with two suspicious fires reported as recently as last week. It is a frightening and potentially devastating event and when it occurs at a place of worship, the physical and emotional damages can be enormous.

Ecclesiastical has several resources available on its website which can assist places of worship in protecting against fire, vandalism and arson.  One white paper entitled Protect your Place of Worship – Understand, Manage and Reduce the Risks of Arson, includes a comprehensive, ten-step guide to implementing an Arson Prevention Program – one way of proactively protecting your place of worship. 

In addition, Ecclesiastical recently launched an online course – Arson Protecting Places of Worship as part of The Ecclesiastical Specialist School™. This is available free of charge, at ecclesiastical.ca

“Arson is a frightening and potentially devastating event and when it occurs at a place of worship, the physical and emotional damages can be enormous at any time but especially leading up to the holidays,” said Colin Robertson, Chief Underwriting Officer and Vice President, Risk Control. 

For more information and other Risk Control Bulletins, visit www.ecclesiastical.ca