What happens in a Fire Risk Assessment?

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A fire risk assessment is an audit of a building’s current fire safety measures. They are a legal requirement that include a full assessment and full recommendations to make improvements if necessary.

They are normally carried out in five steps:

  • Identify the fire hazards.

A fire starts when heat comes into contact with fuel and oxygen. This stage of the FRA is where you identify any potential source of ignition such as fuel, oxygen or anything else that is flammable – you need to keep sources of ignition and fuel apart.

  • Identify people at risk.

Consider all of the people that use your premises – members of staff, visitors and the general public. Think about people that are at higher risk such as the elderly, disabled or visitors completely unfamiliar with your building and its layout.

  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.

Think about what you have found in the first steps and evaluate the risks, then consider how you can reduce or remove those risks. Take action that will protect your people and premises from fire.

  • Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.

You need to record your findings including the action taken and prepare an emergency plan. All relevant people must be informed, and you need to make sure your staff know what to do in case of fire, and if necessary, are trained for their roles.

  • Monitor, review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.

You must keep your fire risk assessment under regular review and revise it when necessary, for example if the layout of your building changes.

You don’t have to take this responsibility on your own. We are here to support you with all of your Fire Safety needs – get in touch with one of our team today on 0800 634 9868.


Scott Taylor MIFireE, MIFSM, CFPA E-Dip TC

Scott Taylor has worked as a fire professional for over 15 years working in the public and commercial sector. He likes to work with businesses as a partner, passing on knowledge and information in a pragmatic manner balancing risk, benefit and cost to ensure compliance.

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