Who Needs a Fire Risk Assessment?

Fire risk assessments are critical for identifying potential fire hazards and reducing the risk of fire in various settings. They are not only a legal requirement but also a key aspect of maintaining safety.

Don’t compromise on safety. Ensure compliance with a professional fire risk assessment tailored to your industry.

Find Out If You Need a Fire Risk Assessment

Whether you operate a business, manage a property, or oversee a public space, it’s essential to know your sector’s specific requirements for fire risk assessments. This determination is not only a legal requirement but a fundamental step in safeguarding lives and property against the risk of fire.

Under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, the responsible person/duty holder must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. Check out our comprehensive guide for more details.

Failure to carry this out could result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.

The law applies to you if you are:

  • Landlord responsible for business premises
  • An employer or self-employed with business premises
  • A charity or voluntary organisation with employees/volunteers
  • A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • Premises providing accommodation for paying guests – Hotels/B&B’s/Holiday cottages
  • A residential property with any communal/shared area
  • Landlord of a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO)
  • Any premises which is open to the public/consumers – eg Restaurants/Retail units/pubs/gyms
  • Educational buildings – schools/universities/nurseries
  • Medical facilities – Care homes/Doctors/dentists

This list is not exhaustive, so if you’re unsure if you require a Fire Risk assessment, please contact us for no-obligation advice or your local authority, will also be able to advise.

Explore Sector-Specific Fire Risk Assessments

Different sectors have unique fire safety requirements. From hospitality venues like hotels and restaurants to care homes and medical establishments, each has distinct fire safety challenges.

Educational institutions, landlords and HMOs, residential properties, places of worship, charities, and commercial entities like offices, retail spaces, and industrial buildings all need tailored fire risk assessments to address specific fire hazards and safety protocols.

Unique Risks and Legal Obligations for Each Industry

Each industry faces its own set of risks and legal obligations when it comes to fire safety. Understanding these unique challenges is key to implementing the right safety measures.

For instance, care homes must consider the mobility and health of residents, while industrial properties might deal with flammable materials.


Hospitality (Hotels, Restaurants, Leisure Facilities)

In the hospitality sector, the high turnover of guests and varied use of facilities pose unique fire risks. Hotels and restaurants often have complex layouts and cooking areas, increasing fire hazards. A professional fire risk assessment (FRA) can expertly identify and mitigate these risks, ensuring the safety of both guests and staff, and maintaining operational continuity.


Medical Establishments (Hospitals, Dental Practices, Veterinary Clinics)

Medical establishments, with their specialised equipment and patient care considerations, face unique fire risks. From operating theatres to patient wards, each area requires a thorough evaluation by professionals to ensure all potential fire hazards are identified and adequately safeguarded against.

Landlords and HMOs (Rental Properties, Shared Housing)

In rental properties and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), ensuring fire safety in communal areas and individual living spaces is crucial. A professional FRA can offer comprehensive evaluations to ensure all areas of the property meet legal fire safety standards, protecting both tenants and landlords.

Places of Worship (Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.)

Historical structures and large gathering spaces in places of worship present unique fire risks. Professional FRAs are essential in balancing the preservation of these heritage buildings with the need for modern fire safety measures.


Office and Retail Spaces

Offices and retail spaces, with their unique layouts and high foot traffic, require tailored fire safety strategies. A professional FRA can address the specific risks associated with these environments, such as electrical equipment in offices or storage areas in retail spaces.

Care Homes

Care homes cater to vulnerable populations, making fire safety paramount. Residents may have limited mobility or other health concerns that complicate evacuation in emergencies. Professional FRAs can provide tailored recommendations, taking into account the specific needs of residents and ensuring the facility meets stringent fire safety standards.

Educational Establishments (Schools, Universities, Colleges)

Educational institutions often have diverse building uses, from classrooms to laboratories, each with its own fire risks. Professional FRAs can address the challenges of these varied environments, ensuring that safety measures are appropriate for the specific activities and populations in each area.

Residential Properties (Flats with Communal Spaces/Blocks of Flats)

Residential properties, especially flats with communal areas, require careful consideration in fire safety planning. Professional FRAs are vital in assessing shared spaces and individual units, ensuring that fire prevention and evacuation measures are suitable for the building’s layout and occupancy.

Charities (Community Centres, Shelters)

Charities, such as community centres and shelters, often operate in multi-use spaces with fluctuating occupancies. Professional FRAs can provide adaptable fire safety solutions that cater to the varying needs and risks of these spaces, ensuring the safety of occupants and staff.

Commercial Buildings (Factories, Warehouses, Industrial Properties)

Factories and industrial properties often handle hazardous materials and processes, necessitating rigorous fire safety measures. Professional FRAs can assess these complex environments, ensuring that all potential risks are identified and mitigated effectively, thereby protecting both the workforce and the premises.


What is a fire risk assessment and why is it necessary?

A fire risk assessment identifies potential fire hazards, evaluates the risk, and suggests measures to mitigate these risks. It’s necessary for ensuring safety, legal compliance, and protecting people and property from fire hazards.

What are the legal requirements for fire risk assessments?

The legal framework for fire safety in the UK is primarily governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and the accompanying Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006. These laws have superseded over 70 individual pieces of fire safety legislation.

Legally, you are required to conduct a fire risk assessment and implement suitable fire safety measures based on the findings of the assessment to minimise the risk to life from fire. 

What should I expect in a fire risk assessment report?

The report will detail identified hazards, risk levels, and recommended safety measures.  

Who can carry out a fire risk assessment?

It should be carried out by a competent person, often a professional with expertise in fire safety.

How often do I need a fire risk assessment?

The frequency of fire risk assessments depends on the type of property and its use. We recommend an assessment is reviewed regularly, this can be done by a competent person on the premises. As a general rule, we would say review annually by a fire risk assessor.

If the premises is very low risk, you could review biennially or three-yearly, but no later. It must be reviewed within that time to ensure nothing has changed.   

Can a fire risk assessment identify all potential fire hazards?

The report will detail identified hazards, risk levels, and recommended safety measures.  

How much does a fire risk assessment cost?

We have fixed prices and absolutely no hidden costs. Our fire risk assessment services start from £375. View our fixed prices.

What does a fire risk assessment involve?

Our fire risk assessments involve a thorough examination of your property to identify hazards and risks. We will provide a comprehensive report detailing the findings and recommendations for improvements. Read more about our Fire Risk Assessment Process

Your Legal Requirements for Fire Risk Assessments

UK laws and regulations, such as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, outline the requirements for fire risk assessments across different industries. Staying informed about these legal obligations is essential for ensuring compliance and safety.

Why Professional Assessments Make a Difference

Professional fire risk assessments offer more than just compliance. They provide a comprehensive approach to identifying and mitigating fire risks, thereby enhancing overall safety, potentially reducing insurance premiums, and ensuring peace of mind.

A professional assessment takes into account the unique aspects of your industry and premises, ensuring all potential risks are identified and managed effectively.

Ensure your property’s safety and compliance with a professional fire risk assessment. Get a no-obligation quote tailored to your industry now.