THE church insurer Ecclesiastical has confirmed that churches that light beacons to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next June will be covered in the event of accidents. It had earlier been suggested that the beacons were too dangerous (News, 16 September).
The company is, however, advising churches to site their beacons on the ground, rather than on church towers. In its guidance, it warns of “significant hazards” of placing beacons on towers, proximity to buildings, height issues, and potential problems with manual handling.
It says: “We strongly recommend that the beacon is located at ground level, away from buildings.”
It also advises anyone using a beacon to inform the emergency services beforehand, and to review and update fire-risk assessments.
Any church that wishes to locate the beacon on its tower might need a faculty, Ecclesiastical says.