FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Does your business need a fire risk assessment? What does it involve? Follow our quick guide to find out:

WHO NEEDS A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

All buildings / premises / structures and open spaces that the public can access (including employees) requires a written Fire Risk Assessment, carried out by a Competent Person. These can include:

  • Offices and Shops
  • Care Premises – Hospitals, Care Homes, Residential Homes etc.
  • Community Spaces – Village Halls, Places of Worship and other shared premises
  • Shared Properties – HIMO's, Communal Areas of Flats, Student Accommodation
  • Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants
  • Nurseries, Schools and Sports Centres
  • Tents and Marquees
  • Holiday Accommodation - Hotels, Hostels, Bed and Breakfasts
  • Factories and Warehouses
  • Transport Premises
  • Theatre, Cinemas and Concert Halls
  • Sleeping Accommodation

Whether your school or business premises is located in Wellingborough, Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Leicester or surrounding Northamptonshire towns, a written Fire Risk Assessment must be maintained if your business employees FIVE or more people.


WHO WILL CHECK IF I DON’T CARRY OUT A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

The onus to have an up-to-date Fire Risk Assessment falls to the Responsible Person (the owner or person who has control of the premises). Your local Fire Officer has the authority to carry out unannounced visits to premises to check Fire Safety, which could result in a formal notice (Enforcement Notice) to improve your fire safety or a Prohibition Notice if they deem the risk to life unacceptable. Often insurance companies insist on a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment.

WHO CONDUCTS THE FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS?

Our in-house, highly experienced Fire Risk Assessor Sarah carries out the Fire Risk Assessments for all our clients.

We do not sub-contract out our Fire Risk Assessment work, valuing the vast experience Sarah has, along with the excellent customer service.

Fire Risk Assessments should be carried out by a 'Competent Person': The Competent Person should have:

  • Understanding of relevant Fire Legislation
  • Knowledge of Fire Safety
  • Understanding of fire development and human behavior
  • Understanding of Fire Hazards and risks associated with occupants at special risk
  • Have appropriate training

Our Fire Risk Assessor, Sarah is an Associate Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers, a very well regarded qualification.

Many companies will only accept Fire Risk Assessments undertaken by Assessors with this qualification.


WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

The Fire Risk Assessment will identify the risk to life from fire in the premises, and, where appropriate, will make recommendations to ensure compliance with Fire Safety Legislation.

All of our Fire Risk Assessments identify the following:

  • The use, layout, and construction of the building
  • The number of occupants
  • The needs of vulnerable people, for example the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
  • Electrical source of ignition and other significant sources of ignition, relevant to that business or premises.
  • Smoking risk
  • Arson risk
  • Housekeeping and appropriate storage of combustible materials, waste or hazardous materials
  • Checking the building has reasonable means of escape for the persons occupying the premises
  • Adequate means of raising the alarm in case of fire
  • Emergency lighting provision
  • Measures to limit fire spread - Passive and Active Fire Precautions (Fire-rated walls and doors and Fire Alarm Systems)
  • Provision of fire safety signs
  • Fire-fighting equipment
  • Fire safety training
  • Evacuation drills
  • Maintenance and testing for fire safety systems
  • Maintenance of records for Fire Alarm System, Emergency Lights, Fire Extinguishers, Sprinklers, Fire Drills, Fire Awareness Training, Fire Warden Training, Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual Check

Remember, the Responsible Person may be held personally liable if you are found to be negligent in the event of an incident.

Check out who is responsible for completing your Fire Risk Assessment.

And don't forget - if in doubt get professional advice! Our friendly team are here to help and advise on Fire Risk Assessments to keep your business, and your staff, safe.