Fire Risk Assessments

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005 states that a fire risk assessment is required on all commercial premises, communal areas of residential premises and houses of multiple occupation.

Whitecode provides fire risk assessments for new developments and refurbishments, as well as reviewing existing fire systems. These assessments are presented as part of the sale procedure.


A fire risk assessment provides assurances that you are in compliance with regulations and legal requirements, as well as providing guidance as to how to reduce the risk of accidents, giving peace of mind on the safety of your building and its’ occupants.

To carry out these assessments, the following approach is taken:

  1. Identify fire hazards: examine the environment and look at what could cause a fire. In the event of a fire, identify all combustible substances and the areas into which the fire could spread?
  2. Identify who is at risk: employees, visitors or building occupants? Assess who is the most vulnerable from these groups should a fire start in a certain location.
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce risks: collate all findings and look at how risks can be reduced or removed altogether.
  1. Record findings, prepare emergency plan and provide training: record findings, highlight risks and solutions and provide training, to ensure that risks are reduced by occupant awareness.
  2. Review: review and update the fire risk assessment when necessary, taking into account any changes that may affect fire safety.

Our experience in fire safety spans decades, where we have provided assessments, advice and design drawings on multitudes of commercial and residential developments.


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What is the penalty for not having a fire risk assessment?
The penalties are severe, as a fire in a building without an assessment and without the relevant measures in place, puts human life at risk. If an assessment has not been undertaken and/or precautions/recommendations not implemented, then heavy fines or a prison sentence are very likely.