Since the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Fire Risk Assessment have become a legal requirement as well as the most important undertaking within a building as regards to fire risk. The changes in legislation places the accountability for fire safety upon the person (or persons) responsible for the building in question, this can be the building owner, the employer, the managing agents, an appointed person or a combination of one or more of these.
So how can you know if your building is safe against the risk of fire? Here’s a 5-step Fire Safety Risk Assessment checklist:
- Potential Fire Hazards
Fires are caused when heat/a source of ignition meets fuel/anything that will burn, including oxygen.
Identify any potential source of ignition or anything that produces heat or flames, such as electrical appliances and equipment.
Identify any potential source of fuel, this would include any furniture, materials, chemicals or cleaning agents and building materials.
Take a note of anything that could start a fire, or burn.
- Who’s at risk?
Everyone is at risk if a fire breaks out, but think about those who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly, disabled people, young children or visitors that may be familiar with the premises.
Identify those that would be at risk and high risk.
- Evaluate the information and reduce risks
Take a look and think about the information you have found out so far from the previous steps. Are there ways in which you can avoid accidental fires? Take action where applicable to protect the premises.
Consider isolating any fuels and ensure they are correctly stored, remove any electricals that are potentially dangerous and that may cause an accidental fire.
Protect your premises by ensuring that you and others will be alerted if there is a fire, create a plan to make sure everyone can evacuate safely, check that all your safety equipment works and ensure that others know how to use equipment in the event of a fire. Take a note of anything that needs improving, implementing or installing.
- Plan and practice
With your list of potential fire hazards and what you plan to do to reduce the risks, keep a record of this so that you can ensure everything on the list is achieved to reach optimum fire safety.
Ensure that people are informed of how you plan to prevent fires and how you will keep them safe in the event of a fire. Ensure that people are trained if they are given a fire safety role, or know what to do in the event of a fire to escape safely this can be done efficiently with regular fire drills.
Consult any other who share the building and include them in your plan.
- Regular review It’s important that you regularly review your fire risk assessment as the risks may change in time. If any additional risks or changes are spotted, list them and ensure that they are attended to/corrected.
Whilst this checklist can help you with your Fire Risk Assessment, it is highly likely that you will require a more thorough investigation, especially if you have large or complex premises. It is of course recommended that a fire safety technician carries out a detailed Fire Risk Assessment to ensure that nothing is left unturned and that all possible risks are found and stated.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-risk-assessment-5-step-checklist or call the Fire FM team on 01582 668500 for a quote today.