Fire Risk Assessment FAQs

We've collated answers to some of the questions we are often asked about fire risk assessments.

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Fire Risk Assessment FAQs

What is a fire risk assessment?

A fire risk assessment is a systematic process of evaluating a property to identify potential fire hazards, assess the risk to people and property, and implement measures to minimise or eliminate those risks.

Why is a fire risk assessment necessary?

A fire risk assessment is essential in ensuring the safety of occupants and protecting property from the devastating effects of fire. It helps identify potential hazards, assess their impact, and develop strategies to mitigate risks.

Does my business or residential property need a fire risk assessment?

All non-domestic premises, such as where people work, visit or stay, including workplaces, must have a fire risk assessment.

The non-domestic parts of multi-occupied residential buildings (e.g., communal corridors, stairways, plant rooms) must also have a fire risk assessment.

Individual domestic premises do not need a fire risk assessment.

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Who should conduct a fire risk assessment?

A competent person with knowledge of fire safety, such as a trained fire risk assessor, should conduct the assessment. This individual should have the necessary skills and expertise to identify and evaluate potential fire hazards.

How often should a fire risk assessment be conducted?

Fire risk assessments should be regularly reviewed, and the frequency depends on factors like changes in the property, its use, or the introduction of new fire safety measures. Generally, assessments should be conducted at least annually.

What does the assessment process involve?

The process includes identifying fire hazards, evaluating the risk to people and property, assessing existing fire safety measures, prioritising risks, providing recommendations for improvement, and documenting findings in a comprehensive report.

Are there legal requirements for fire risk assessments?

Yes, fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for most businesses under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (often referred to as the Fire Safety Order or RRO).  While this can sound intimidating, there's no need to worry - we can help you to navigate these requirements so that you can protect your people and premises.

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Can I conduct a fire risk assessment myself?

While some property owners may have some knowledge of fire risks, it is advisable to hire a trained and competent fire risk assessor. Professionals have the expertise to identify complex hazards and ensure compliance with regulations.

How long does a fire risk assessment take?

The duration varies based on the size and complexity of the property. Small properties typically take around 4 hours to assess, while larger or more complex structures may require a day.

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What happens after a fire risk assessment is completed?

Following the assessment, the assessor provides a detailed report with recommendations. Property owners or managers should then implement the suggested measures and regularly review and update the assessment as needed.

How can I choose a reliable fire risk assessor?

Look for assessors with relevant accreditations, experience, and a track record of providing thorough assessments. Seek recommendations, and check Google reviews and client testimonials. 

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