Unfortunately the recent tragic events in London have brought fire safety to the forefront of all our minds. If you are a landlord, business owner, director, manager, employer or occupant you have a responsibility for fire safety.

A Fire Risk Assessment of your premises is a legal requirement under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Sometimes referred to as the FSO or RRO) you must produce a fire risk assessment on your premise. It must include a comprehensive review of:

  • How a fire could start?
  • Who would be in danger?
  • The fire precautions in your premises to minimise the effects of fire.
  • A plan to deal with a fire should one start.

The fire risk assessment must also be communicated to everyone it affects and reviewed at regular intervals.

A fire risk assessment must also be produced for all non-domestic premises in England and Wales and is applicable if you are:

  • Responsible for business premises.
  • An employer or self-employed with business premises.
  • A charity or voluntary organisation.
  • A contractor with a degree of control over any premises.

This assessment will:

  • Emphasize preventing fires and reducing risk.
  • Make it your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who uses your premises and in the immediate vicinity.
  • Remove the need for fire certificates (these no longer have any legal status).

Why do I need one?

  • Because it is the law. You must have a “suitable and sufficient” risk assessment and have it available on the site for inspection by the fire authority.
  • Your insurance company may refuse to pay on a claim for a fire, if you have not met your legal obligations under the Fire Safety Order 2005.
  • It is a fact that over 80% of businesses that have a serious fire do not recover.
  • It makes good business sense to prevent fire happening and to mitigate the effects should one start.
  • It helps prevent disruption to your business and minimise financial loses.
  • Failure to meet your responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005 can lead to fines or imprisonment.