London Fire Brigade

Fire risk assessment

If you are in control of any part of a commercial premise, you are under a legal obligation to carry out a detailed fire risk assessment to identify risks and hazards in the premises.

A fire risk assessment is essential in keeping your premises safe for everyone.

You must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has five or more people.

The five key steps to a fire risk assessment are:

  • Identify the fire hazards
  • Identify people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
  • Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training
  • Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly

Can I do the fire risk assessment myself?

You can do the assessment yourself with the help of GOV.UK standard fire risk assessment guides.

If you don’t have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself you need to appoint a specialist to do it for you. We cannot do it for you.

The Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council guide can assist you in choosing the right assessor to help your premises comply with fire safety legislation.

Your fire risk assessment should be a continuous process and audited as changes to your premises are made.