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Fire Risk Assessment Guide (Free PDF)

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This guidance gives advice on how to avoid fires and how to ensure people’s safety if a fire does start. Why should you read it? Because:

• Fire kills. In 2004 (England and Wales) fire and rescue services attended over 33,400 fires in non-domestic buildings. These fires killed 38 people and injured over 1,300.

• Fire costs money. The costs of a serious fire can be high and afterwards many businesses do not reopen. In 2003, the costs as a consequence of fire, including property damage, human casualties and lost business, were estimated at £2.5 billion.

This guide applies to England and Wales only. It does not set prescriptive standards, but provides recommendations and guidance for use when assessing the adequacy of fire precautions in large places of assembly. Other fire risk assessment methods may be equally valid to comply with fire safety law. The guide also provides recommendations for the fire safety management of the premises.

Your existing fire safety arrangements may not be the same as the recommendations used in this guide but, as long as you can demonstrate that they meet an equivalent standard of fire safety, they are likely to be acceptable. If you decide that your existing arrangements are not satisfactory there may be other ways to comply with fire safety law. This means there is no obligation to adopt any particular solution in this guide if you prefer to meet the relevant requirement in some other way.

How to use this guide
Part 1: Fire risk assessment
Step 1: Identify fire hazards
Step 2: Identify people at risk
Step 3: Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk
Step 4: Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
Step 5: Review
Part 2: Further guidance on fire risk assessment and fire precautions
Section 1: Further guidance on fire risks and preventative measures
Section 2: Further guidance on fire detection and warning systems
Section 3: Further guidance on firefighting equipment and facilities
Section 4: Further guidance on escape routes
Section 5: Further guidance on emergency escape lighting
Section 6: Further guidance on signs and notices
Section 7: Further guidance on recording, planning, informing, instructing and training
Section 8: Quality assurance of fire protection equipment and installation
Appendix A. Example fire safety maintenance checklist
Appendix B. Technical information on fire-resisting separation, fire doors and door fastenings
Appendix C. Historic buildings
Appendix D. Glossary
Further reading

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