FAQs

What is a risk assessment?

A fire risk assessment is carried out by the owner/occupier of a premises, and takes into account a number of factors, including, the construction of the building, the fire compartmentation, how you manage fire safety in the building, how you manage the occupants safety and effective evacuation, the fire systems in place (alarms, extinguishers, emergency lighting, fixed installations, fire policy etc).

Why do I need a fire risk assessment?

You need to complete a fire risk assessment for several reasons:

  1. To ensure you do not harm or injure anyone in the event of fire
  2. To reduce the possibility of a fire to the absolute practical minimum
  3. To comply with the Fire Safety Order

How much is it likely to cost?

Prices start from just £250 plus VAT for a small office or shop.

For a full quotation please use your online quote form.

How long will it take?

The assessor will attend your site and speak with the client for about 30 to 40 minutes; ideally someone will escort them round the site for the assessment. The assessor will then brief the client on any major and urgent issued to be addressed. Your report will be with you within 10 working days normally.

The length of the assessment varies; we normally spend the same time report writing as we do on the physical assessments (for smaller assessments the report normally takes a minimum of 2½ hours).

Who can conduct a fire risk assessment?

The Fire Safety Order says that anyone who is competent can conduct a fire risk assessment. In order to conduct a fire risk assessment you must understand:

  1. The process of fire risk assessment
  2. Your own business process
  3. The implications of the legislation

What information do I need to provide so SMUK can conduct a fire risk assessment?

In order to assist with your fire risk assessment we would ideally need to see the following information:

  • Copy of the buildings Fire Certificate if available
  • Site Fire Policy
  • Site Plans
  • Copy of the previous Fire Risk Assessment
  • Fire Extinguisher, Alarm, Emergency Lighting test records
  • Staff Training Records
  • Details of Hazardous Substances
  • Details of Flammable Substances
  • Electrical Test Records
  • Plant Maintenance Programme and Records

What will happen if I don’t have the information above?

Not a problem. This is what the assessment is designed to cover. We will tell you in writing what is missing, and how to rectify the situation.

Will I have a point of contact?

You will be appointed a specific project manager to liaise with throughout. You will have direct access via e-mail, mobile and landline telephone to your project manager at all times. His responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with the client to arrange assessment dates and venues
  • Providing Assessment Instructions to be distributed to properties
  • Managing our assessors to ensure they arrive prepared
  • Managing pre and post assessment administration

What will the fire risk assessment report look like?

For an average-sized businesses, the comprehensive report will cover between 18 and 21 pages. As businesses become larger this will increase. Reports are always written (where possible) without jargon so you can easily understand and apply them in the future. If you have any questions we will be only too happy to help. Our reports comply with PAS 79 Guidance.

Will the fire service be happy with my fire risk assessment?

Fire services around the country have been happy with the standard of our assessments to date. Clients have also used them to justify increasing venue capacity, so we have in fact made them money!

How do I get a no obligation free quote?

Fill out our free online quote form

Call 01524 784356 to book your fire risk assessment today!

To discuss your requirements, or if you don’t see what you are looking for, call +44 (0)1524 784356. Alternatively you can use our contact form or e-mail us

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