Fire risk assessment tool

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All businesses, regardless of size, need to comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005. To ensure your business meets this obligation you need to carry out a fire risk assessment.

Although only businesses with 5 or more staff are legally required to keep a written record, we recommend that you keep a record of your fire risk assessment as proof that you have fulfilled your legal obligations.

Our fire risk assessment tool can be used by all businesses with properties not exceeding three storeys (or 7.5 metres) in height. The tool is designed to give you step-by-step guidance through your assessment, helping you to identify risks, form an action plan and produce your written record.

Your assessment should be regularly updated and you should keep a copy off-site or online in case a fire does occur, as you need this to prove to your local fire brigade and insurance company that you did produce one.

For more information on your legal obligations regarding fire safety and fire risk assessments, read the chapter on 'Fire safety (general)'. Further information on fire safety law, including a guide to fire risk assessments for sleeping accommodation, can also be found on


This Fire Risk Assessment template is for guidance only. VisitEngland does not warrant that its completion will fulfil all your statutory obligations and shall not be liable for any costs, claims, loss, injury, damages, or proceedings howsoever arising from its use.