You are obliged to do a Fire Risk Assessment of your premises if you are a business.
The purpose of doing a fire risk assessment is to reduce risk of fires, to focus on precautions and preventative measures and so to minimize damage and injury if a fire does start. The process of completing a Fire Risk Assessment form makes the owner/manager focus on the possible problems. You can do it yourself, or pay someone else. If someone else does it, they will not actually take the responsibility for what they have written but will just fill in forms that you have to check and sign. It probably isn’t worth paying for this to be done by others unless they also carry the insurance liability for what they have written. Hence it makes sense to do it yourself, rather than pay someone else, and you will learn in the process.
You need to do this annually so do it very carefully the first time. Store the form on your computer and next year simply update.
In layman’s terms you ask yourselves these questions
Bear in mind in writing the form up that you must state the blindingly obvious. If there was a fire and someone was hurt or killed this form would form part of your court defence against charges of manslaughter. You would want to say every last thing to prove that “I am really sorry this happened but it wasn’t my fault as I did all of this listed stuff to keep everyone safe”
You can download the forms free of charge ( don’t pay companies that charge for a download of a blank form!)
Read this useful guidance first:
Here is a step by step guidance
These case studies may be useful
Read what Gloucester Fire Service has to say and download forms on
For businesses in Wales: