Fire risk assessments

If you're responsible for a building, it's important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe. It saves lives, it's your legal duty, and it's good business sense.

What is a Fire Risk Assessment? 

A fire risk assessment helps you to identify the potential fire related risks on your premises. Also, it will help you identify the measures you need to put in place to keep people safe. 

Why do I need one? 

The Responsible Person must record all findings from their fire risk assessment, regardless of the size or purpose of the premises. This is a new requirement, effective from 1 October 2023. Responsible Persons must also record their fire safety arrangements. 

Completing a risk assessment yourself

As the responsible person it is your responsibility to make sure that a fire risk assessment is both suitable and sufficient. 

The fire risk assessment should be is carried out by someone with an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of fire safety.  

Broadly speaking, assessments are conducted in five key steps: 

  1. Identify the fire hazards
  2. Identify people at risk
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
  4. Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training
  5. Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly

Alternatively, you can appoint someone to do the risk assessment for you. 

You can use a risk assessment template to assist you (download word document)

Appointing someone to carry out your risk assessment

You do not need to carry out the risk assessment yourself, you can appoint a competent person to do so.  

When looking for an assessor, you should:

These organisations hold registers of risk assessors and will help you find a competent risk assessor in your local area: 

Can Avon Fire & Rescue Service do your Fire Risk Assessment for you? 

Unfortunately, not. If you don’t have the expertise – or time – you can appoint a specialist to do it for you. 

Contact the Business Safety Team
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