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Building Fire Risk Assessment Template


You can use this template to identify factors that might indicate a higher risk for fire. Make sure you have safety procedures, fire routes and exits, and emergency protocols established prior to an incident. The checklist covers the following categories:

  • • Description of premises
  • • Ignition sources
  • • Storage & housekeeping
  • • Detection & warning
  • • Means of escape
  • • Fire fighting
  • • Management considerations & practices
  • • Maintenance practices
  • • Previous incidents
  • • Reccomendations
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Building Fire Risk Assessment Template

Audit

Description of Premises

Number of Floors

Approximate Floor Area

Occupancy

Typical Number of Occupants

Occupants at Special Risk

Are these premises:

Risk Assessment - Premises

Outside Areas

Are the buildings free from the risk of fire spreading to areas outside the building/s?

Is the external building fabric in good condition?

Construction

Is the building constructed of non-combustible materials?

Walls

Roofs

Floors

Ceilings

Linings

Partitions (including temperature controlled rooms)

Insulation

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

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Risk Assessment - Ignition Sources

Electrical

Has the fixed wiring installation been tested within the last five years?

Is the installation free from temporary wiring?

Are the electrical protection devices suitable for their purpose?

Are portable appliances inspected/tested annually?

Are trailing leads restricted to the minimum amount?

Are all trailing leads undamaged?

Are battery charging & electric switchgear areas clear of storage/combustible materials?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

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Heating

Are heating appliances appropriate for the occupancy installed?

Are these installed in safe areas and away from any combustible materials?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

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Processes

Are all processes low risk?

State the process risk

Are high risk processes located in segregated areas?

Are suitable safety features fitted?

Are flammable or hazardous liquids/oils/gases used? If so are there satisfactory safeguards?

Is the plant on a planned maintenance schedule?

Is there satisfactory procedures for reporting and repairing defects?

Is welding/brazing/cutting carried out in specified areas only?

Are reasonable measures taken to prevent fires as a result of cooking?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Risk Assessment - Storage/Housekeeping

Storage

Are the storage areas for combustible materials separated from production areas by fire division walls?

Is obstruction in the workplace well controlled?

Are high risk areas free from obstruction?

Are aisles and means of escape routes free from obstruction?

Are flammable or hazardous liquids and gases stored safely?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

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Housekeeping

Are all areas clean and tidy?

Is waste stored safely?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

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Risk assessment - Detection and Warning

Manual Warning Systems

Are there adequate means to warn people as soon as possible?

Types of warning devices?

Are these suitable?

Are the fire warning devices (audible/visual) suitable for any disabled visitors/employees?

Can the alarm be heard by all persons on the premises and without anyone being put at risk?

Are there suitable "Action To Take In The Event Of Fire" notices around the premises and are these located near fire call point?

Is the fire alarm tested weekly using different call points and records kept?

Are the call points easily visible?

Are fire drills held twice a year and records kept?

Are there suitable procedures for instructing visitors on site as to the action to take in the event of a fire alarm?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Automatic Fire Detection Systems

Is the coverage of the detectors adequate?

Are all high risk areas protected by detectors?

Is the system maintained by an approved contractor?

Is the alarm signal automatically transferred to an alarm receiving central station?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Risk Assessment - Means Of Escape

IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT YOUR MEANS OF ESCAPE, CONSULT YOUR LOCAL FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER IMMEDIATELY

Do all occupants have enough time to escape?

Where appropriate, do doors used for means of escape open in the direction of travel?

Are there sufficient exits for the maximum number of people likely to be on the premises?

Are all gangways and escape routes free from obstruction?

Are all fire doors clearly labelled?

Can all fire safety signs and fire exit notices be clearly seen?

Are all self closers on fire doors in good working order?

Are all escape routes adequately lit?

Can all doors used for means of escape purposes be opened easily and without the use of a key?

Are all floor surfaces used for escape routes free from tripping and slipping hazards?

Are means of escape routes free from materials which would assist the spread of fire?

Is the means of escape route satisfactory?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Risk Assessment - Fire Fighting

Is there sufficient firefighting equipment of the correct type

Types of extinguisher

Type

Quantity

Are portable fire extinguishers, fire blankets, etc, suitably located and available for use?

Is the fire fighting equipment maintained by a competent company annually?

Date of last inspection

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Risk Assessment - Management Considerations & Practices

Are you the sole occupant of the building?

Is there an emergency plan?

Does the induction training include "Actions To Take In The Event Of A Fire"?

Are people trained in fire awareness?

Are there adequate instructions for calling the fire service in the event of a fire?

Is a "Hot Work" permit or "Permit to Work" system in use?

Is smoking prohibited in the building?

Is signage displayed to show this?

Are suitable arrangements in place for persons who wish to smoke?

Is there any evidence of policy breeches in relation to smoking?

Does basic security against arson appear reasonable?

Are flammables in close proximity to the building or available for ignition by outsiders?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Risk Assessment - Maintenance Practices

Fire Alam Systems

Is this maintained annually and records kept?

Is it tested weekly and records kept?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Automatic Fire Detection System

Is this maintained quarterly and records kept?

Is it inspected weekly and records kept?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

Add media

Emergency Lighting

Is this maintained annually and records kept?

Is it inspected/tested weekly and records kept?

Any comments or hazards observed?

Comments and/or hazards

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Risk Assessment - Previous Incidents

Has the premises been free from?

Fires?

Break Ins?

Vandalism?

Other Incidents (state)

If not, state incidents, costs, and measures taken to prevent reoccurrence

Has any recommendations been made following this risk assesment?

DO YOU FEEL YOU NEED SPECIALIST ADVICE WITH THIS ASSESSMENT?

Contact:

Risks & Recommendations Arising From This Risk Assessment

State the recommendations with priority for implementation i.e.: Priority 1: Needs urgent attention within 2 weeks Priority 2: Needs attention in 3 months Priority 3: Needs further consideration in the future - further action plan may be required

Priority Level

Recommendations

Sign Off

No other defects found at the time of inspection

Other defects found

Who will they be reported to

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