Identify people at risk
A fire risk assessment helps you identify all the fire hazards and risks in your premises. Here is the second of five steps to carrying out a fire risk assessment in the premises.
Step 2 of 5 - Identifying people at risk
If there is a fire, the greatest danger is the spread of the fire, heat and smoke through the premises. If this happens, the main risk to people is from the smoke and products of combustion, which can very quickly incapacitate those escaping.
If a premises does not have adequate means of escape or if a fire can grow to an appreciable size before it is noticed, then people may become trapped or overcome by heat and smoke before they can evacuate.
Your assessment of risk to people should include:
- The likely speed of growth and spread of any fire, and associated heat and smoke (remember some fuels burn much faster and produce more toxic products than others do).
- The number of people in the area including employees, contractors, visitors, members of the public (‘relevant persons’ as defined by the Fire Safety Order).
- Arrangements for giving warning to people if a fire occurs. Will any outbreak be conspicuous or will some form of fire detection and alarm system be required.
- How they will make their escape (can they make their way out quickly, easily and safely?).
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