How to do a Fire Risk Assessment
There are five key steps to a Fire Risk Assessment:
- Identify the fire hazards
- Identify people at risk
- Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
- Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training
- Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly
What does a Fire Risk Assessment look like?
We have a simple template which you can use to create your Fire Risk Assessment.
Why do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement. If you're responsible for a business or building you need to make sure you have a Fire Risk Assessment. It is your duty to identify fire risks and hazards in your premises and take appropriate action.
It is your legal duty to make sure you review your risk assessment regularly and whenever significant changes have been made that would have an impact on it. It’s good business sense as well as a legal requirement, often businesses don’t recover after a fire, and effective fire prevention starts with properly understanding the risks.
Can we do your Fire Risk Assessment for you?
Unfortunately not. If you can't create a Fire Risk Assessment yourself you must appoint a specialist to do it for you. We do not provide a list of recommended suppliers, but we do have guidance on how to choose a competent Fire Risk Assessor.
Where to find more information
You will find guidance on why and how to carry out a fire risk assessment on the .GOV.UK website which will help you familiarise yourself with what is needed.