Fire Risk Assessment

What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

A Fire Risk Assessment is a systematic look at your premises and the activities carried out within it.

It includes identifying fire hazards and who may be affected by fire. Where necessary, the responsible person may need to take action to reduce the risk from fire.

Completing a Fire Risk Assessment is the first step to making your premises safer from fire and is a requirement by law under Article 9 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (opens in a new window).

There is more information on Fire Risk Assessments on the government's website (opens in a new window).

Can I complete my own Fire Risk Assessment?

You may be able to complete your own Fire Risk Assessment. There is no legal requirement for you to employ someone to do your Fire Risk Assessment.

If you have the competence to carry out the Fire Risk Assessment, you can complete it yourself with the help of the simple 5-step Fire Safety Risk assessment checklist (opens in a new window).

More detailed information relevant to your type of premises can be found in the government's free guide on risk assessment (opens in a new window).

If you choose not to complete the Fire Risk Assessment yourself then you must appoint someone to complete one on your behalf - any person you appoint or employ must be competent. 

Who can help me with a Fire Risk Assessment?

You may choose to seek expert advice from a competent fire risk assessor.

The Chief Fire Officers Association has developed competency standards for fire risk assessors and has published A Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor (opens in a new window).

The Fire and Rescue Service cannot complete your fire risk assessment.