Fire Risk Assessments
Controlling fire risks is an important part of managing a property. In order to be able to protect against the risks of fire, the first step is to identify these risks and this is where the fire risk assessment comes in. A fire risk assessment (FRA) is a snapshot of how protected any given property is to ensure the safety of its occupants in the event of a fire. The FRA also identifies corrective actions and further steps to achieve an appropriate level of fire safety.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (commonly known as the Fire Safety Order) introduced a legal duty for 'the responsible person' to take all reasonable steps to ensure that fire safety levels are appropriate at all times. This legislation applies to all non-domestic properties including commercial and public premises, such as shops, factories, warehouses, and offices, but also schools, nursing homes as well as businesses providing sleeping accommodation. It also applies to sheltered housing as well as the communal areas of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs); though not to the individual dwellings within the HMO.
At Durward Safety, we have years of experience in delivering quality fire risk assessments, alongside a thorough action plan, within the retail and manufacturing industries. A fire risk assessment can take between a couple of hours and full day, with a written report and action plan produced within 48 hours.