What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
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.
Why do it?
A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement. If you are responsible for a building, for example a employer, owner or occupier of premises that aren’t a ‘single private dwelling’ (a private home), you need to make sure a suitably competent person completes a Fire Risk Assessment. It is your duty to identify fire risks and hazards in your premises and take appropriate action.
In addition, if five or more people work at your premises or your business has a licence under enactment in force, you’ll need your fire risk assessment to be a written record. Make sure you review your risk assessment regularly and whenever significant changes have been made that would have an impact on it. 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.
Fire door safety legislation
Legislation in England and Wales stated that if you’re an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of business or non-domestic premises, and you are made the ‘responsible person’ for the fire safety in a building – you are therefore responsible for taking the necessary steps to protect occupants in your business or premises from the risk of fire. It is therefore your duty of care to ensure that all your passive and active fire protection is under a sustained, suitable and sufficient programme of inspection and maintenance.
Fully audited inspections and reporting
The fire safety process always starts with a fire risk assessment. If your knowledge or experience with fire doors is limited you can contact us for advise as to when you would need to appoint a ‘competent person’ to help with your fire door requirements. If you’re not sure if your risk assessment has been carried out properly, your local fire and rescue authority might be able to give you advice, although they can’t carry out risk assessments for you.
Therefore, It is important to get a Certificated Fire Door Safety Inspection carried out in your premises to ensure all components of your fire doors are compliant with fire safety legislations.