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Fire Risk Assessment Templates

Easily identify fire hazards, evaluate safety controls with a mobile app, and improve fire risk assessment workflows with a simple 5-step guide

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What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

A fire risk assessment template is a tool used by trained safety officials to identify fire hazards and risk in any site. It helps evaluate if fire protection measures are sufficient to ensure fire safety. All businesses in all industries must carry out regular fire risk assessments as compliance to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. These records should be kept up to date so that precautionary measures are adequate at all times. Failure to comply can result in fines, criminal charges, irreparable damage to business assets, or worse, cost lives.

5-Step Guide to Effectively Perform a Fire Risk Assessment

A fire risk assessment reduces the probability of fire incidents from occurring and ensures the safety of people using the premises. Easily perform fire risk assessments by following the steps below provided by the County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service:

Step #1: Identify Fire Hazards
A fire usually starts when heat comes into contact with anything that burns. Three things you need to look for in identifying fire hazards: 1) source of ignition; 2) fuel; and 3) oxygen. Take measures to avoid these three coming together to reduce the chances of fire occurring.

Step #2: Identify People at Risk
If a fire occurs, who are the people at risk? Identify who and where they are likely to be found around the premises. This step may require evaluating people with disabilities to discuss individual needs. These people could be:

  • Employees
  • Visitors/contractors
  • People with disabilities, elderly customers, or parents with children; and
  • Other persons in the immediate vicinity of the premises.

Step #3: Evaluate, remove, reduce, and protect from risk
Using the information gathered from steps 1 and 2, begin evaluating the management of the premises. Examine the premises and identify situations and any acts or omissions that may present an opportunity for a fire incident to start. It is also essential to evaluate fire escapes and other fire precautions to ensure if they are up to date or adequate. Once you’ve evaluated the risks, you now have to remove or reduce the hazards you’ve identified by recommending actions and preventive measures.

Step #4: Record, plan, inform, instruct, and train
This step involves documenting all the significant findings and actions you’ve taken or will take when you perform the fire risk assessment. Significant findings refer to fire hazards, actions taken or preventive measures. Having a good recordkeeping program for your fire risk assessments is good practice and will be helpful to management and safety officials in case of fire incidents. This step also involves giving staff and employers clear and relevant information and appropriate instructions on fire safety arrangements.

Step #5: Review
Review your current assessment to determine if fire safety systems implemented are effectively controlling fire hazards and risks in the premises. If you find that your fire risk assessment process is no longer suitable for your premises during your review, revise it accordingly.

Fire Risk Assessment App

Replace existing workflows that involve paper forms, spreadsheets, scanning, and faxing with a mobile app. Perform fire risk assessments conveniently with your mobile device or tablet. iAuditor, the world’s #1 inspection software, allows you to:

  • Save more time – Streamline audits and eliminate manual entry with a mobile-ready fire risk assessment app. Complete your inspections anytime, anywhere with the iAuditor mobile app.
  • Comprehensive reports – Capture photos and attach notes directly into your audits.
  • Proactively improve workplace safety – Easily keep track of compliant and non-compliant items and take immediate action by assigning corrective measures where needed.


Carlo Sheen Escano

SafetyCulture staff writer

Carlo Sheen Escano is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture based in Makati City, Philippines. Sheen has experience in digital marketing and has been writing for SafetyCulture since 2018. His articles mainly discuss risks in the workplace and well-known safety and quality processes used to mitigate them. Furthermore, Sheen is passionate about providing insights to global customers on how technology can help them to do the best work of their lives.