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A careful look at your premises and the people who use them, from a fire prevention perspective. It’s about understanding the potential risks, then improving your fire safety precautions to keep people safe.
If you are a employer, owner or occupier of premises that aren't a 'single private dwelling' (a private home), you need to complete a Fire Risk Assessment. This is a legal requirement – your duty to identify fire risks and and hazards in your premises.
If five or more people work at your premises, you’ll need a written record of your assessment, too. It’s good business sense as well as a legal requirement, often businesses don’t recover after a fire, and effective fire prevention starts with properly understanding the risks.
If there's a fire and you haven't met your legal duties to keep people safe, you could be fined and may even spend time in prison. Learn about your legal obligations here.
Broadly speaking, assessments are conducted in five key steps:
We do – inspecting premises is part of our duty to keep people safe from fire. If your premises aren't safe, or you haven't done an assessment, you may be fined. If we believe people are at risk, we may even have to close your business until you can make it safe for employees and members of the public.
It depends on how large or complex your business or organisation is.
If your business is larger or more complex, contact an expert to come and help. Our responsibilities lie in making sure you’ve done an appropriate assessment – we don’t provide an assessment service. You'll need to find a suitably qualified specialist, but there's a guide to help you at the end of this page.
If your business or organisation is relatively small and you think your potential risks aren’t complex, it is possible to do it yourself. You can find a guides to help you understand what’s required here on the Gov.UK website and we have created a downloadable Word document to support you.
Unfortunately not. If you don’t have the expertise – or time – to do the fire risk assessment yourself, appoint a specialist to do it for you.