Informative fire risk assessments in South Wales

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a fire risk assessment is necessary in virtually all buildings in England and Wales other than domestic dwellings. At Dragon Fire & Security Systems, we provide you with your most vital safety document. Fire safety is in the hands of the owner, and you have a duty to produce a fire risk assessment. Fire risk assessments can be produced by a professional risk assessor but do require involvement from the owner or person responsible. Let our professional team assist with your fire risk assessments across South Wales, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Bridgend and Bristol. 

What is a fire safety risk assessment? 

A fire risk assessment is a process involving the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences if one were to occur. Fire risk assessments are required for virtually all buildings and may be carried out yourself if you are competent in fire safety and compliance. 
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What’s involved in a fire assessment?

A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors – how people will respond to an emergency and whether they will take appropriate action.

There are practical limits to the extent of the survey and evaluation of the fire precautions. For example, in undertaking a fire risk assessment, we would not carry out detailed engineering evaluation or testing of fire protection systems, emergency escape lighting, etc. We are able to offer this planned maintenance contract separately.

However, we would still inspect such systems visually as part of the Fire risk Assessment. Where appropriate, we would identify the need for any further engineering evaluation, which we would be able to carry out if required.

Similarly, the survey of the construction of the building would extend to readily accessible areas of the building only. We would not undertake destructive exposure. While we would inspect above false ceilings, where possible, this would be on a sampling basis only. Again, if we considered that more thorough examination of such areas was necessary, we would highlight this to you.

In the case a fire risk assessment aimed at satisfying the requirements of legislation, the objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building. While some of the recommendations we may make could also be beneficial to property protection, we would not be specifically addressing this objective or the objective of avoiding business interruption from fire.

What does it cover?

Dragon Fire & Security Systems fire risk assessments cover:
 Fire loss experience
 Fire hazards
 Fire prevention
 Storage and handling of flammable liquids and gases
 Means of escape
 Flammability of linings
 Fire safety signs and notices
 Fire detection and fire alarm systems
 Fire extinguishing systems and appliances
 Smoke control systems
 Facilities for use by the fire and rescue service
 Arrangements for management of fire safety
 Fire procedures
 Training and drills
 Testing and maintenance
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When does it need to be repeated? 

The fire risk assessment process is intended to by dynamic and takes into account change. Fire risk assessments should therefore be reviewed from time to time or if there is a reason to suspect that it is no longer valid and, in particular, if significant changes take place such as an increase in the numbers of people in the building or changes to floor layouts. Fire risk assessments should also be reviewed after a fire. We will give a suggested date for review in our reports. A review does not necessarily involve repeating the fire risk assessment process. A judgement on this is required based on the significance of the changes.
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Our recommendations

We recommend:
 High risk properties to have 6-monthly assessments
 Normal risk properties to have annual assessments
 Low risk properties to have assessments every 3 years
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