How important is a fire risk assessment?

Fire is a bit of an elephant in the room. You don’t ever imagine it’ll happen to you, and you probably haven’t even thought about what might happen if it did. A little planning which keeps the law in mind, and some advice from a knowledgeable expert, can help you avert a disaster, because as the statistics seem to indicate, it’s lack of information and planning which cause the panic reactions that lead to tragedy. With the law regarding fire safety seeming complex and off-putting, it’s very important that you and your business know what to do.

Because businesses come in all shapes and sizes, there isn’t a “one size fits all” law, which is why it’s so important to have an assessment tailored to your business. If you’ve got more than five employees, the law requires that there’s a written record of any findings from a risk assessment, whether your business operates from more than one location, or staff are part time. You’ll also need the written record if your business requires any sort of licence – an alcohol licence, a music licence or a slot machine licence, for example. Essentially, if your business premises are a place where people who aren’t family or friends spend time, the law says you must carry out a fire risk assessment, and have proof that you’ve acted on its results, or “significant findings”.

A fire risk assessment from Insight Safety will not only keep you and your staff safer, your building and property will be protected from the risk a fire poses. The assessment, training and information we can provide is a simple and inexpensive solution to a very real danger. Get in touch with us, and let’s talk about how we can help you with a fire risk assessment.