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Control measure

Protection of valuables

Control measure knowledge

Where it is not possible to remove valuables because of their size, weight or quantity, damage can be prevented and reduced by lifting, moving, raising or covering items.

Sheeting can be used to protect from water and dirt damage. Where more than one sheet is used, they should be overlapped in such a way as to allow water and debris to run off. Care should be taken when removing sheeting so as not to damage valuables underneath. Sheets should be folded inwards and water and debris carefully disposed of outside the premises.

Where valuables sit directly on the floor, lift them onto blocks or place sheeting to minimise damage from water runoff. Where carpets or floor coverings cannot be rolled up and removed, cover them with sheeting to minimise damage caused by the movement of personnel and equipment

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop tactical guidance and support arrangements for the actions to take and associated hazards when protecting valuables in at risk areas

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Move, cover or raise valuable items to protect from damage
  • Consider protecting fragile objects from falling debris