Landlords and business owners – Do you know that you are legally obliged to carry out a fire risk assessment of your premises?

The effects on a business and the owner if a ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment is not carried out can be truly devastating.

Loss of business, loss of income, loss of lifestyle and maybe even loss of freedom if a business owner is prosecuted for not having a fire risk assessment and sentenced in court.

London Fire Brigade reported recently that the former owner and retired director of a Clapham health spa received a four month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £30,000 court costs for breaking fire safety laws.

A fire risk assessment helps you identify all the fire hazards and risks in your premises.

You can then decide whether any risks identified are acceptable or whether you need to do something to reduce or control them.

A risk assessment should be carried out by someone who has had sufficient training, and has good experience or knowledge of fire safety. Fire Guard Services also provide a full Fire Risk Assessment service with our in-house risk assessors throughout London and the surrounding counties.

  1. Identify the fire hazards
    • sources of ignition;
    • sources of fuel
    • sources of oxygen
  2. Identify people at risk
    • people in and around the premises
    • people who are especially at risk
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce, and protect from risk
    • Evaluate the risk of a fire starting
    • Evaluate the risk to people from a fire
    • Remove or reduce fire hazards
    • Remove or reduce the risks to people from a fire
    • Protect people by providing fire precautions
  4. Record, plan, inform, instruct, and train
    • Record any major findings and action you have taken
    • Discuss and work with other responsible people
    • Prepare an emergency plan
    • Inform and instruct relevant people
    • Provide training
  5. Review
    • Review your fire-risk assessment regularly

 

Remember to review your fire-risk assessment regularly.

Are your fire alarm maintenance visits being conducted on time? Is everything documented, stored and backed up in case you need to produce it?

Fire Guard’s Risk Assessments can help you keep compliant with the fire risk laws.