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Advice and Guidance

What You Need To Know and Do

Fire safety law requires the responsible person to ensure your premises are safe in the event of a fire by; reducing the risk of a fire occurring and ensuring your premises can be safely evacuated in the event of a fire. This is achieved by the responsible person carrying out a fire risk assessment. Fire safety law applies to virtually all premises (apart from single private dwellings).

What You Will Need To Do To Carry Out A Fire Risk Assessment

Step One - You Will Need To Identify

What may cause a fire within your premises:

  • Naked Flames
  • Heaters
  • Electric Equipment

Sources of fuel within your premises:

  • Built Up Waste
  • Display Materials
  • Textiles
  • Paper Products

Step Two - Identify People At Risk

This includes the following:

  • Employees
  • Visitors
  • Customers
  • Contractors

Step Three - Evaluate, Remove, Reduce And Protect

Remove/reduce any fire hazards that are fire risk identified:

  • Keep ignition sources away from combustible materials
  • Reduce quantities of stored combustibles.

Ensure adequate fire precautions are in place:

  • Safe routes of exit in the event of a fire
  • Means of raising the alarm in the event of a fire
  • Suitable fire extinguishers/fire signage

Step Four - Record, Plan, And Train

Record the dangers and people you have identified as being at risk (significant findings).

  • Record what you did about the significant findings.
  • Make an emergency plan.
  • Provide training.

Step Five - Review and Revise

  • Make sure the fire risk assessment is up to date.
  • Revise when changes to risk or circumstances are identified.

These are the principles of a fire risk assessment.

Identifying which type of premises you have

If you know which type of premises you have you can select it directly from the options below. If you are unsure start at the top and read through the premises descriptions provided below.

» Small Premises

» Small To Medium Size Premises

» Medium To Large And/Or More Complex Premises

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Services are able to offer advice and guidance to enable your business to comply with the requirements of the fire safety law.

You can contact your local area office using the details given on the contact us page.

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