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London fire risk assessment

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Our London fire risk assessment services will help your workplace or flats be compliant. Since October 2006 the Fire Safety Order has required all workplaces and also common areas of flats to be risk assessed. The Fire Safety Order replaced over one hundred pieces of law.

Managers can choose between carrying out their own assessment or appoint a professional fire risk assessor. Managers should remember that they will know many details of their workplace but less about fire safety law. On the other hand, fire risk assessors should have a good knowledge of fire safety but will rely on a managers information and records of your building to compile a fire risk assessment.

Our London fire risk assessment services will help a manager understand fire safety requirements in the building. We use a national public standard by which London Fire Brigade audit workplaces and common areas of flats. Our team will carry out your inspection in two parts. Firstly, we look around the entire building looking in every room and cupboard. They will record any faults that they find but also good fire safety measures. Finally, they will review all safety check records, fire plans and fire procedures. These include fire alarm tests, emergency lighting tests and also fire extinguisher records. In addition, we look at PAT testing records, electrical wiring certificates and also boiler maintenance records. There are many other record we look to complete the assessment report.

How to book your London fire risk assessment visit

Either call our team or give us a call and tell us about your building. We will be able to provide an instant quotation based on the type and size of the building. if you are happy with our fee, we will ask for your details. Once these have been given we will arrange a convenient assessment date. Most fire risk assessments of small and medium buildings take about two hours. The finished report will be with you in seven to ten days.

Fire risk assessment flats

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Fire risk assessment flats

So what are the laws regarding fire risk assessment flats standards?

Since October 2006 all blocks of flats require a fire risk assessment. This only applies to common arefire risk assessment flatsas and not to the inside of any flats. It is the duty of the landlord or managing agent to provide this. Fire Officers are able to enter a block of flats and ask to see the fire risk assessment. They can issue improvement and also enforcement notices to improve fire safety if needed.

If you appoint a fire risk assessor you should make sure they have qualifications.  Ask to see their qualifications, references and also insurance details. The fire risk assessment flats visit that they carry out should be a formal look at the premises. Ask if the inspection is a public standard or similar.

What will assessors look for? They will look to see how the alarm is raised, consider whether emergency lighting is needed, look at means of escape and consider if you need signs and fire action notices. They will not go into flats but may ask to see a front door / fire door.

We can carry out a fire risk assessment of your building. We always recommend that it is looked at every year or after any changes to the building. However, any reviews can be carried out by yourself if you have done all works in the original assessment report.

How to book a fire risk assessment flats visit

Either call our team or send us an email. We have many staff and should be able to carry out your assessment quickly. However, we are unlikely to be able to provide a visit and produce a report within a few hours (a recent request from someone selling  a flat).

All of our staff are ex fire officer and also serving fire safety officers. Therefore we know what London Fire Brigade will look for when carrying out a visit to your building. We can provide great references from other clients, our fire qualifications and also insurance details if required.

Offices fire risk assessment London

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Offices fire risk assessment London

Our offices fire risk assessment London reports will pass the London Fire Brigade audit. In addition, we offer a no quibble money back guarantee if it doesn’t!. Furthermore, our fire risk assessment reports are based on a national fire standard so are easy to understand.

The reports include premises information, significant findings and also an action plan. The action plan provides a time frame for any work required. Since we use a traffic light code for risk, the action plan is simple to follow.

Our office fire risk assessment London visits are carried out in two parts. Firstly, we walk around your offices and any common areas in the building. We will note your current fire protection measures but also what is missing. The we will then view your safety checks and also fire plans. Again we will note what you have and what is missing. This allows managers to easily understand what is required to ensure that they comply with fire law.offices fire risk assessment London

Prior to our visit we will send you a list of records we need to view, so you have a chance to prepare! Most assessments under 4000 square metres take less than two hours to complete. The report preparation takes another seven to ten working days. However, we will tell you if there are serious problems before we leave your building.

We have carried our hundreds of fire risk assessments in offices and other buildings. Our team are IFE registered assessors. We can provide excellent references and insurance details if needed.

How to book offices fire risk assessment London visits

For a  either call us or send us an email with your preferred date. It may be worth adding a few other dates since we usually very busy. We will send our booking email that asks for your details. As soon as we have them, we will confirm your inspection date and time. Our assessors will call you a day or so before the visit to finalise any last minute details.

Fire above Romford pub

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Fire in flat above Romford flat

Four fire engines from Romford, Hainault, Harold Hill and also Dagenham with 21 firefighters and officers were called to a flat fire on Collier Row Road in Romford. The fire started just before 2 pm, the fire was under control in just over an hour. Fifty persons were evacuated from the pub downstairs.

Although part of the first floor flat was damaged by fire, no persons were hurt in the fire.

Fire risk assessment pubs

Managers of buildings such as Pubs must carry out a fire risk assessment. This should usually be looked at annually or after any changes to the building or work practices. We recommend using a  PAS 79 assessment and report. This is a national standard, so will pass London Fire Brigade audits.

Common areas of the building also need to have an assessment. Persons who are responsible for fire safety must share the findings of their fire risk assessments. For example, a publican would need a fire risk assessment and so would a landlord of a flat in the building. They must both share what they have found.

How can we help

We offer fire risk assessments in workplaces and residential communal areas. We follow national standards and can also provide advice after the report has been completed and given to you.

Either call us now or send as an email for a quote.

Our assessors

Our fire risk assessors are fire officers or ex fire safety officers. Therefore, we know want fire service officers look for in a fire inspection. We will help you meet you legal duties.

Our senior fire risk assessor checks all fire risk assessment reports to ensure that all fire safety issues have been met. He previously ran a fire prevention department for one of the largest fire services in the United Kingdom.


School fire risk assessment

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So you need a school fire risk assessment? A good assessor will be able to carry out an assessment to a recognised standard and also help you save money!

The purpose an assessment is to protect persons in the event of a fire. It can also help protect the building and help you comply with fire law. However, too many fire precautions can cost a lot of money, so our team will try to reduce your costs.

Over provision of fire measures include; too many  extinguishers, illuminated fire emergency exits and fire doors which were not needed. There are just a few examples we found in the last three school fire risk assessment visits we carried out.

Our team can provide fire risk assessments that are either PAS 79 ( a national standard) or a similar report that uses a traffic light risk rating. This will help managers spot the higher risk problems  and also how quickly  they must be put right.

Our school fire risk assessment history

We have carried out hundreds of fire risk assessments in schools. We have been commissioned to carry out all school assessments for a North London Borough. In addition, we carry our regular fire consultancy for the same department. This has included means of escape surveys and also fire extinguisher distribution reports. We have also liaised with fire protection companies to advise on installations in schools.

In addition to the large commission above, we have also carried out hundreds of fire risk assessments for primary, secondary schools and colleges in London. Some of fire risk assessment visits have then been supplemented by fire training for staff. Since we are an approved fire training centre, our school fire training course is an accredited course.

How is a school fire risk assessment carried out?

Our fire risk assessments are carried out in two parts. First of all we look around the whole building. We look for problems that may cause a fire and also for practices that may cause a fire to spread. Then we look at test records and also fire policies. If you do not have all of the records we will tell you what you need in future.

All of our fire risk assessment team have worked for or still work the fire service as inspecting officers. This means that we can tell you what a London Fire Brigade offer will be looking for when they carry out an audit of your school.

For more information about a school fire risk assessment in your building either call our team or send us an email.

Fire risk assessment – What records will you need to keep?

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Fire risk assessment records

So what fire risk assessment records do you need to keep? We compile a list of what records an assessor will ask for when they carry out an assessment at your workplace.

So here is a list you will need to keep. Why not keep it with your fire safety log?

Firstly, an assessor will for the previous fire risk assessment, fire emergency plan and also any evacuation plans.

In addition, they will ask for maintenance records and tests of fire alarm systems, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers. They will also ask for electrical wiring tests, PAT testing and boiler servicing records. They will also ask for fire training records and details of fire drills carried out. So what else might they ask for? You may or may not have all of these as your building may not be fitted with these features but they may ask for green box security release records, lightning protection tests, sprinkler tests and maintenance and cooker hood cleaning certificates.

Fire risk assessment process

Fire risk assessors will review fire precaution tests and maintenance records as well as procedures and training. They will also conduct an inspection of the building and will ask to look in all rooms and cupboards.

For details of our fire risk assessments in your building call us or email us now!

Who is the responsible person in a building?

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So, who is the responsible person in a building? We were previously asked by a fire service training department to run and host fire training courses. One course was Fire Safety and the Provision of Emergency Facilities for Disabled People.

The course had persons from a  theatre and also from a conference centre based in central London. The course covered subjects such as the fire law, fire emergency plans, disabled procedures, evacuation methods and evacuation equipment for the use of disabled persons. One person, a manager from the conference centre raised this issue! Who is the responsible person at a conference centre? Is it the Responsible Person of the building? Or is it the person who has hired the room and facilities? Or are there a number of Responsible Persons?

The answer depends on who has control over the building or occupants. The responsible person for the building is required to carry out a fire risk assessment. They would also need fire emergency plans and fire evacuation procedures. In addition, they must maintain the fire safety measures within the building and provide a save environment. The organiser hiring the room would also have a duty in ensuring that any persons needing help received it when required – whether from staff based at the centre or by the organisers.

Our Services

Our team provide a range of service including fire risk assessments and also fire training. This includes fire marshal. fire warden and fire extinguisher training. In addition, we provide tailored training and specialist fire safety courses. Go to our training page for more details.

Fire risk assessment London provide fire training  and assessments. If you require a fire risk assessment or training either email or call on 0207 419 5001 for a no obligation discussion.

Fire risk assessment in London – What records do managers need?

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If you need a fire risk assessment in London, we will ask for records to complete the assessment.

So, what records do managers need to assist the assessment inspection. Firstly, we will inspect the building and this will include all rooms and cupboards. In addition to the physical inspection, we will look at records. Here is a list of what you will need to show the assessor:

  • We will ask to see fire alarm maintenance records and also a record of  weekly tests
  • We also view emergency lighting maintenance and monthly flick test records
  • In addition, we will look at fire extinguisher maintenance contracts and whether there has been a monthly check of extinguishers
  • Other records will include electrical wiring tests, PAT testing and boiler maintenance records
  • Your building may have lightning protection, cooker hoods, suppression systems and other equipment. We will also need to look at maintenance records of this equipment if you have them.
  • In addition, we will view all fire training records and fire drill records

In addition to looking at fire precautions maintenance records, we also look at fire plans and procedures. Your workplace will need the following:

  • A fire emergency plan which should contain as much information as possible about fire precautions and procedures in the workplace. Follow this link for more details of the contents of a fire emergency plan
  • Fire evacuation procedures for all times and for persons at specific risk
  • Disabled fire procedures for persons with reduced mobility, sensory disability, special needs or other conditions that may affect their evacuation

Some managers have all these records, while others may have only a few or none at all. Our assessors will provide you with a full list of records required to help ensure managers meet their legal duties.


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For more information about fire risk assessment in London either follow this link or call us on 0207 419 5001


How often do you need to carry out a fire risk assessment?

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So you know you need to do a fire risk assessment – How often should they be done?

Most managers know that they require a fire risk assessment and also fire emergency plans. However, some may not know when assessments should be reviewed.

A very quick answer is:

  • When there has been a significant change to the building, this is so any new risks can be identified.
  • When there has been a significant change to work practices. This may be either changes in work patterns or numbers of staff, as this may affect the fire evacuation plans.
  • After there has been a fire. Could this have been avoided and also what changes can be made to prevent reoccurrence.
  • On a regular basis. We suggest that most FRAs are reviewed annually, so any minor changes to work practices can be reflected in the new report.

Who should carry out the fire risk assessment review?

If the workplace is small this could be carried out by a manager as the FRA is probably quite sinmple. If the assessor had found many findings it may be worth the assessor carrying out the first review. Some buildings are larger and more complex, so managers may choose a professional assessor to look at the building.

The fire risk assessor will carry out a review and highlight any new  or existing significant findings. Any action required should be in accordance with timeframes provided by the assessor. This is so managers can demonstrate a commitment to fire safety in their workplace if the fire service visit the building.

Our fire risk assessment services

We can provide fire risk assessments that will be found suitable and sufficient by fire service inspectors. Our team provide PAS 79 and PAS 79 style reports to assist managers in meeting their legal duties.

Either call us on 0207 419 5001 or email us for more details of fire risk assessment services.

What should a fire emergency plan include?

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Fire emergency plan

Managers of workplace have a duty to provide a fire risk assessment, but also require a fire emergency plan. There is a common misconception that this is how persons evacuate when there is a fire. A fire emergency plan details many fire safety issues relating to the workplace.

Government guidance provides an overview of the content of a fire emergency plan.  London Fire Brigade also provide good advice on their website.

Plan content

So what should you include in your plan:

  • The action to be taken when discovering a fire – This could include what to do when a person discovers a small fire and also a large blaze. This is because they action required will be very different.
  • Warning if there is a fire – This includes action to be taken on hearing the alarm and how to operate it. Also provide advice on what it sounds like.
  • Calling the fire brigade – Who calls the fire brigade if there is fire in the building.  In addition, is there a different person during out of hours periods.
  • Evacuation of the premises – This will include the normal evacuation plan. There must also be plans for  persons such as contractors, persons with disabilities and those working on their own.
  • Power and process isolation – Does equipment need to be shut such as cookers and also other machinery.
  • Place of assembly and roll call – Where is the assembly point and is there also another secondary point if there is a protracted incident?
  • Liaison with the emergency services – Where will the fire brigade be met and who meets them.
  • Identification of key escape routes – Detailed plans of floor areas so staff know where the nearest exit is.
  • The fire fighting equipment provided – This will include fire extinguishers but may also include suppression systems and sprinklers.
  • Specific responsibilities in the event of fire –  Some persons will have duties in the fire plan. These include fire marshals, the person calling the fire service and also evacuation buddies.
  • Training required – Who will be trained and also how often
  • Provision of information to relevant persons – Telling staff of the plan details and also other  persons such as neighbours or other tenants.

Do you need a fire emergency plan drafted for you?

Our team can help you draft a fire emergency plan so that you help meet your legal duties. Every building is different and so are work practices. Therefore fire emergency plans need to based on individual buildings and the risk in them.

Small organisations can produce smaller plans while larger businesses may need more complex plans. We have provided fire emergency plans for many different organisations. Our team can produce plans specifically for your building. This can often be done in conjunction with a fire risk assessment and therefore can minimise managers time with these issues.