The 5 steps of fire risk assessment

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

1. Identify the fire hazards

Look for the 3 things that start a fire:
  1. Heat/ignition source
  2. Fuel
  3. Oxygen

2. Identify people at risk

For example:
  • Babies and children
  • People with disabilities
  • Elderly visitors

3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks

Decide what can be done to reduce the risks and ensure people are safe

4. Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training

It is a legal requirement for any business with five or more employees to record all the findings of their risk assessment and any actions taken to ensure fire safety.
  • Every “responsible person” must be made aware of these findings and actions as well.

5. Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly

  • Plans should always be reviewed regularly.
  • Reviews should also be made if an incident has occurred.
  • The fire risk assessment must be kept up-to-date.

Resources – click on the links below for more information on fire risk assessments:
Workplace fire risk assessments
Fire safety risk assessments – educational premises
Childminders – Scotland