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Fire Risk Assessment FAQs

Here at Fire Action, we have put together the most frequently asked questions we receive about fire risk assessments. If you need further assistance with your risk assessments or any of our other services, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Why do I need a fire risk assessment?

Fire risk assessments are written into UK law under the Fire Regulatory Reform Act 2005. Every house of multiple occupancy (HMO) or business with over 5 employees, including part time staff, must complete regular fire risk assessments.

What is the Fire Regulatory Reform Act 2005?

This is an act brought in by the UK government to improve fire safety in all business premises and public buildings. One new feature is the requirement to have a nominated ‘responsible person’ to monitor compliance with the act.

What benefit does the fire risk assessment give me and my business?

A fire risk assessment will identify any weak points in your emergency evacuation procedure as well as any anomalies in your fire alarm and detection system. This will make your premises more safe for employees and the public.

What businesses and organisations need a fire risk assessment?

Every premises that is open to the public and any workplace that employs five or more staff, including part time workers.

What work will the assessor carry out during their visit?

The assessor will take a tour of the fire alarm system installed on your premises and get to understand the day-to-day workings of your organisation. They will then consider all the safety aspects that are particular to your business and compile a detailed report.

How long is the duration of the visit?

This depends on the size of your premises, but is typically 2-3 hours.

Will the assessor’s visit disrupt my working day?

No, disruption is kept to a minimum. However, the assessor will need to talk to the person responsible for ensuring compliance with the Fire Regulatory Reform Act 2005.

What will I receive as proof of my fire risk assessment?

On completion of the fire risk assessment you will receive a bound insurance approved document that will include a list of all the findings and recommendations made by the assessor.

Is an annual fire risk assessment necessary?

No. You are responsible for keeping the fire risk assessment up to date with regular reviews. We would, however, advise that you arrange a review meeting with ourselves which will cost less than the initial fire risk assessment.


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