If you own or run premises which are used for sleeping accommodation, you should devote time to ensuring that you have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment. This will identify what you need to do to reduce the risk of a fire occurring and keep people safe, especially those who are unfamiliar with your building.
Fire Risk Assessment
If you employ five or more people or if you’re a licensed premises, you must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment and any significant findings. It should also be reviewed regularly, especially if any changes to the premises are made. You should focus on reducing the risk of a fire starting in the first place and minimising the risk to people by restricting the spread of fire and smoke and ensuring that escape routes are kept clear of hazards. You need to have an emergency plan for dealing with any fire situation, and it should be based on the outcomes of your fire risk assessment. The purpose of an emergency plan is to ensure that people know what to do if there is a fire and that the premises can be evacuated safely. An evacuation drill should be carried out on a regular basis to ensure your emergency plan then works. The Fire Risk Assessment Guide For Sleeping Accommodation contains further relevant information. The guide below will assist you in ensuring that you identify the hazards relevant to your premises and comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The pro formas here are intended to be used as guides for carrying out a fire risk assessment. Should you adopt one of these for your business premises, then it is important that the content captures any unique aspects of the premises’ design, as well as how the building is actually used.
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