Carrying out a fire risk assessment is essentially a matter of applying common sense in consideration of the premises for which you have responsibility and identification of anything which could cause harm from fire. It will allow you to make an informed decision on whether you have taken sufficient precautions or whether you need to do more to minimise the risk from fire.
If, however, you do not feel confident enough to undertake the fire risk assessment, for example, due to the complexity of the premises or the activities undertaken on them, you may wish to commission a fire safety specialist to assist you (check your local business directory for "Fire Safety Consultants" or alternatively search the Internet).
As with many other services, when looking for a specialist, it is your responsibility to satisfy yourself that they have the necessary qualifications, experience and indemnity insurance (if appropriate).
When carrying out a fire risk assessment, you should adopt a practical and systematic approach. It must take the whole of the premises into account, including outdoor locations and any rooms and areas which are rarely used. If your premises are small you may be able to assess them as a whole. However, in larger premises, you will probably find it helpful to divide the premises into rooms or a series of assessment areas using natural boundaries such as offices, stores, workshops as well as corridors, stairways and external routes.
Please refer to the 5 Steps to Fire Risk Assessment and the FAQ sections of this website.
Blank Fire Risk Assessment templates, a guidance note and examples of completed assessments are available below.
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The blank Fire Risk Assessment templates have been designed to be filled in online (with the aid of Adobe Acrobat Reader) and printed on your printer.
The following are examples of completed Fire Risk Assessment templates (for illustrative purposes only). They are not intended to be models of best practice: they are intended as examples, to show the level of detail that may be recorded.
Fire Safety Log Book
Click on the document below to download and print guidance and record sheets for a Fire Safety Log Book. This forms an important part of the management procedures for your premises.