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Fire Risk Assessment

The aims of the fire risk assessment are:


  • To identify the fire hazards.

  • To reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm.

  • To decide what physical fire precautions and management arrangements are necessary to ensure the safety of people in your building if a fire does start.


If your organisation employs five or more people, or your premises are licensed or an Alterations Notice is in force, then you must record the significant findings of the fire risk assessment, the actions to be taken as a result of the assessment and details of anyone especially at risk. You will probably find it helpful to keep a record of the significant findings of your fire risk assessment even if you are not required to do so.


Rescom risk assessment will cover the following areas:


  • Measures to reduce the risk of fire breaking out or spreading on the premises;

  • Means of escape from the premises;

  • Measures for ensuring that the means of escape can be safely and effectively used at all times;

  • Means for fighting fires on the premises;

  • Means for detecting fire and giving warning in case of fire on the premises; and

  • Arrangements for action to be taken in the event of a fire, including the instruction and training of employees, plus measures to minimise the effects of the fire.


People with special needs

Measures must also be taken to ensure people with special needs can benefit from the fire risk assessment. Further guidance can be obtained from: Means of escape for disabled people. 

Dangerous substances

Special arrangements must be made in relation to dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres, as defined by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) 

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