How often should fire risk assessments be reviewed?

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How often should fire risk assessments be reviewed?

When you have a fire risk assessment in place, it’s important to review it regularly. 

Circumstances can change, meaning that the fire risk assessment you have for your building may no longer be fit for purpose.

Whether you have a fire risk assessment carried out for a commercial building or a rental property, this short guide will help.

How often should I have a fire risk assessment carried out?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 says that any fire risk assessment should be ‘reviewed by the responsible person regularly so as to keep it up to date’.

The law doesn’t define what is meant by ‘regularly’ but we would recommend that you review your fire risk assessment at least once a year.  

Even small changes can have a major impact on how staff, visitors and tenants can exit your building in an emergency.

You should also review your fire risk assessment if your circumstances change. For example:

Commercial property

  • You start to use flammable or hazardous materials
  • You start to carry out ‘high risk’ tasks on-site or there is a change in business activity
  • You move around furniture or machinery
  • There are changes to the building’s layout
  • You build an extension
  • More people are using the building, or staff numbers change substantially
  • You hire a younger, older or disabled person
  • There has been a fire
  • Fire safety equipment is stolen, replaced or damaged

Rental property

  • You move around furniture
  • There are changes to the property’s layout
  • You build an extension
  • A younger, older or disabled person moves into the property
  • There has been a fire 
  • Fire safety equipment is stolen, replaced or damaged

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