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Fire Risk Assessment2020-01-15T09:10:56+00:00

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The Five Steps Of A Fire Risk Assessment

1. Identification of the fire hazards

2. Identifying persons at risk

3. Evaluation or the risks (Eliminate, reduce or control)

4. Recording of significant findings

5. Monitor and review process

What To Expect From Your Fire Risk Assessment

• Means of Escape
• Emergency Lighting
• Fire Detection and Warning
• Fire Hazards
• Fire-Fighting Equipment
• Management
• Persons at Risk
• Signs and Notices

Who does your Fire Risk Assessement?

The fire risk assessment process is intended to be dynamic and highlight any areas of potential problems within a business premises. By law every business in Wales should have one done every year by a fit and proper person or when significant changes take place that would affect these assessments. You, as the responsibly person need to protect your staff members, visitors, equipment and your place of work, failure to do this can have grave consequences. The actual assessment can be done by anyone within the business but generally it’s someone with control of the premises such as the employer, the owner, the landlord, an occupier a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor.

In our experience Welsh businesses are not doing this and risking being fined or worse imprisoned for their short comings. A huge 28% of local businesses fail to keep their fire risk assessment obligations and this resulted in 28% of Welsh businesses being fined for these indiscretions.

The fire risk assessment process

The fire risk assessment itself should focus and look to resolve potential risks across a business and will identify hazards and put plans in place to eliminate or reduce  these risks. There are 5 key elements to your fire risk assessment:

  1. Identifying fire hazards

You will need to walk around the premises and look for any fire hazards  paying particular attention to areas of high risk. Machinery, chemicals or naked flames will all increase the risk of fire and noting these and later trying to reduce the risk of fire will be a key component of the final risk assessment.

2. Identifying persons at risk

Whilst doing a risk assessment peoples safety should be at the forefront of you mind and so identifying individuals whose daily job routine puts them at increases risk should be identified and specific training and plans put in place to reduce this risk to an acceptable level.

3. Evaluation of the risks

This part of the assessment will focus on assessing the identified risks and look to eliminate, reduce or control them. Clearly some workplaces have risks that cant be eliminated completely however the responsibility of the person in charge is to try to reduce risks throughout the business to the absolute minimum and ensure those at risk are fully trained and plans are in place should the worst happen.

4. Record significant findings

The person or company responsible for the initial fire risk assessment will provide a comprehensive and detailed report for the business owner and any managers responsible for fire safety. The report will identify all potential hazards or short comings and provide advice to rectify these. Some will need to be immediately addressed whilst others will form part of a planned improvement schedule to keep the business compliant and provide proof that all aspects of fire safety are being taken seriously.

5. Monitor and review progress

As part of the plan the fire risk assessment should be reviewed annually (failure to do this is an offence carrying a heavy fine) but any changes should be considered as and when they happen. You will have weekly

How Twenty4 can help you with your Fire Risk Assessment

If you don’t have the expertise, confidence or time to carry out the Fire Risk Assessment yourself, you need to appoint a professional Fire Risk Assessor. This is something we can help you with, working with all types of businesses across South Wales

Call Twenty4 to arrange your professional Fire Risk Assessment today. From here, we can ascertain what your business needs and how best to protect it.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some questions that are asked by a number of our potential and actual clients and thought it may be useful to put up some of the most asked for you. Click on any of the questions you are interested in to reveal the answer.

How do I clean the cameras?2018-02-26T16:44:14+00:00

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How many cameras will I need?2018-02-26T16:43:46+00:00

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Is there a lot of unsightly cabling?2018-02-26T16:43:08+00:00

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How do I view my recordings?2018-02-26T16:42:40+00:00

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How do they record?2018-02-26T16:42:00+00:00

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How much is 4K CCTV?2018-02-26T16:41:14+00:00

4K CCTV is the latest technology and like all new technology releases they tend to be on the expensive side. Our 4K cctv System start at £599 for a 1 Camera CCTV System.

Does it need to be registered with the ICO?2018-02-26T16:40:38+00:00

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Do I need signs advertising that I have CCTV?2018-02-26T16:39:38+00:00

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Does the CCTV still record if the router stops working?2018-02-26T16:38:50+00:00

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What if I accidentally disconnect my CCTV?2018-02-26T16:37:39+00:00

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Is the CCTV recoding admissible as evidence in a court of law?2018-02-26T16:36:43+00:00

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How long do they record for? How is the footage recorded and stored?2018-02-26T16:34:58+00:00

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Will my alarm alert the police?2018-02-26T16:34:04+00:00

This is possible for most systems but the system must meet

What’s best wired or wireless?2018-02-26T16:31:50+00:00

Depends on the premises. Wireless alarm system are now very reliable and suitable for both domestic and small to medium commercial installations. They are very cost effective, and mess free. Wired alarm system are usually more suited to larger commercial premises.

Should we have the alarm serviced and how often?2018-02-26T16:31:00+00:00

It is recommended that intruder alarm systems are serviced annually although if your system does require policed response then 6 monthly visits may be required.

We have an old alarm system that’s reporting a fault, can Twenty4 repair this or will we need to replace it?2018-02-26T16:30:19+00:00

We’re asked this question almost daily and the answer depends on the system and the fault displayed. Having said that we are able to repair over 90% of System with minor adjustments. We advise an engineer visit, whereby the engineer can assess the system before providing costs for both repair and replacement.

Are they easy to use?2018-02-26T16:21:25+00:00

Our alarm systems are designed with you in mind ensuring they are easy to use for all the family. Smartphone connectivity enables push notifications of alarms and alerts, set/unset, viewing event log.

How long do the batteries last?2018-02-26T16:20:49+00:00

Batteries can last up to 4 years, although we do advise an annual service of the system to ensure your alarm continues to function as it should when you need it.

Will my pets cause false alarms?2018-02-26T16:20:02+00:00

We have a number of solutions for home owners with pets. Contact one of our specialists now for more info on 02921252424.

Are they wireless?2018-02-26T16:19:11+00:00

All our new home alarm systems are wireless, although are are sometimes asked to install wired systems. Our wireless systems require a hard wired connection to the mains supply for the control panel, but otherwise they are cable free. No cables = no mess.

How much are house alarms?2018-02-26T16:18:04+00:00

Our home alarm kits start from £299. We also offer 24 months interest free finance on home alarm systems so you can the system you need rather than the system you can afford.

Do we have to have a maintenance contract with the fire alarm?2018-02-26T16:16:14+00:00

Fire alarm systems are required to be maintained by a specialist on a 6 monthly or quarterly basis, depending on the premises.

When someone activated a fire alarm call point do we need to replace the glass?2018-02-26T16:15:21+00:00

Modern fire alarm callpoints now use plastic resettable glasses, these can be rest very easily with the test key.

Will we be charged for false alarms?2018-02-26T16:14:25+00:00

Failed alarms are chargeable by the fire brigade although they tend to only enforce this for systems causing repeat failed alarms. When systems are designed and maintained correctly by a specialist, false alarms are very uncommon.

Can a fire alarm be linked to the fire station?2018-02-26T16:13:29+00:00

Fire alarm systems can be monitored by an alarm receiving centre. Following a fire alarm activation the alarm receiving centre would notify the local fire brigade.

Do all business premises require a fire alarm system?2018-02-26T16:12:07+00:00

No not all business premises are required to have a dedicated fire alarm. A fire alarm system design, type and category for a premises is usually first specified by the building designer or Fire risk assessor.
To find out if your premises require a fire alarm contact our fire risk assessor on 029212524224 for free advice.

Why should I use Twenty4 for my fire risk assessment?2018-02-26T15:55:55+00:00

All our Risk Assessors are experienced competent professionals. We use a unique tablet based risk assessment system, ensuring data is collected and analysed at the premises in real time. Non-conformance’s can be recoded, risk graded, photographed, placed on a location plan and an action plan created whilst the risk assessor is standing in front of the risk. The risk assessment can be synchronised at the premises meaning you’re provided with a live and interactive risk assessment. If you get a non-conformance rectified, you can log onto the system, sign into and reduce the overall risk rating of your premises.
Your local fire and rescue authority might be able to give you advice if you’re not sure your risk assessment’s been carried out properly. However, they can’t carry out risk assessments for you.

How is a fire risk assessment conducted?2018-02-26T15:56:24+00:00

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. Twenty4 do this in real time using a tablet based system ensuring data is captured as it’s observed. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors.
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. However, we would inspect such systems visually. 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.
The objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building whilst simultaneously satisfying the requirements of legislation.

Can I do my own fire risk assessment?2018-02-26T16:07:09+00:00

Yes, if you consider you have the expertise to do so.
We are normally employed either when a client does not have the necessary competence or when they do not have the time or resources to conduct the risk assessments themselves.

Do all buildings require a fire risk assessment?2018-02-26T15:57:01+00:00

Yes. There are few exceptions.
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. Similar requirements apply in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and in Northern Ireland under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

What are the 5 steps of a fire risk assessment?2018-02-26T16:10:35+00:00

Fire risk assessments following the 5 step fire risk assessments process as recommended by HM Government guidance documents, HSE and the guidance documentation issued by Fire and Rescue Services:
1. Identification of the Fire Hazards
2. Identifying Persons at Risk
3. Evaluation of the Risks (Eliminate, Reduce or Control) 4. Recording of the Significant Findings
5. Monitor and Review Process
Our fire risk assessors use an audit 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, the all aspects of fire safety to identify any significant findings. These are recorded and a risk analysis conducted to arrive at a risk rating. A comprehensive action plan is then produced for each non-compliance, with realistic time scales for completion and review, providing the client with a range of options to meet their legal obligations and ensuring the most appropriate cost benefit solution.

Our Credentials

Its is all very well saying how good we are but for peace of mind you need proof. We have a number of accreditations that provide you with the assurance you need to entrust your fire safety requirements with us.