Fire risk assessment: guidance and templates

You're required to have an up-to-date fire risk assessment. Understand the guidance, and see template assessments from 2 fire and rescue services.

Last reviewed on 9 June 2022
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  1. You must conduct a fire risk assessment
  2. See fire risk assessment templates

You must conduct a fire risk assessment

There are 5 steps you need to take when carrying out a fire risk assessment:

  • Identify fire hazards
  • Identify people at risk
  • Evaluate fire risks, remove or reduce hazards, and protect people from risk
  • Record your findings, prepare your action plan, inform people of this plan, and provide training
  • Keep your risk assessment under review

See pages 12 to 40 of this 2006 government guidance for detailed information on each step. 

You must keep your fire risk assessment up to date, and fire precautions in your school must remain "current and adequate". The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published information on fire safety in new and existing school buildings, explaining the regulations your school must comply with.

Fire risk assessment is the responsibility of the 'responsible person'. For schools, this means the employer, although the guidance also says that