How much is a Fire Risk Assessment?
Oct 05, 2019
There are a number of common factors which can impact on the cost of your fire risk assessment. The factors below will influence the price of the assessment, as they determine how long the inspection will take, and the potential risks involved.
- Number of buildings
- Size of the building or buildings
- The number of occupants
- The vulnerability of the occupants
- Number of floors
- Usage of the building or buildings
- The risk level of the building or buildings
- Sleeping occupants
- Type of fire risk assessment required
Examples of buildings with a low-level price
Average cost £295
Generally, these buildings should not take a great deal of time and will present few risks.
- Beauty Salon
- Dental Practice
- Doctors Surgery
- Garden Centre
Examples of buildings with a mid-level price
Average cost £400-£500
Generally, these buildings are larger, have a variety of risks present and a high number of potential occupants.
- Football Stadium
Examples of buildings with a high-level price
Average cost £600
Generally, these buildings are multi-site fire risk assessment projects.
- Blocks of flats
- Care Home
- Borough Council
- Health Care
- Housing Association
- Local Authority
- Sheltered Housing
- Social Housing
Choosing the right Assessor for your Fire Risk Assessment
A Fire Risk Assessment is an organised and methodical look at your premises, the activities carried out there and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.
When choosing an assessor to carry out your fire risk assessment for you, make sure you consider the right factors. Competency is far more important than value for money. The price of an actual fire risk assessment can vary drastically.
A lone fire risk assessor can be cheaper, however they may not have sufficient backup or assurance - meaning that hiring them can be taking a risk on service and quality.
At the other extreme, a branded fire protection equipment manufacturer can charge much more, and in most cases, you are paying more for the brand name, and not quality assessment services.
If you’re quoted a price which seems too good to be true, then it’s likely that it is. Remember that a fire risk assessment is not all about getting a piece of paper. So, don’t look for ways to get cheap services. Instead look for quality services within your budget range. The problem with cheap assessments is that they might not be “suitable and sufficient” and likely to miss potential hazards. As a result, it may be hard to take the correct action hence leading to fire or prosecution.
Want to know more about what a Fire Risk Assessment is?
Head here for some more information about fire risk assessments.
Bear in mind that you must keep a written record of your Fire Risk Assessment if your organisation employs five or more people, if your premises are licensed or an Alterations Notice is in force, (following a visit from the Fire Service).