Fire risk assessments


School fire safety

As you start the phased reopening you should be aware that measures that you introduce to comply with COVID-19 procedures may have an impact on your fire safety provisions.

At the very least you should review your fire safety risk assessment to ensure that it is current and reflects the way your school now operates.

It is essential that assessments are undertaken and reviewed where there are significant changes in ways of working, processes or building layout.

This may include the holding open of fire doors with unsuitable devices, which is not permitted.

Where staff and pupil numbers have changed you should give appropriate training to staff and conduct a fire drill to test your emergency measures.

Further information to assist with reviewing your risk assessment is available in the schools risk assessment.

You can find detailed guidance in the Fire safety risk assessment guide for educational establishments.

Business fire safety

Many businesses may be closed or operating with reduced staff numbers, it’s important to still consider the appropriate fire safety measures including the following:

If you have concerns about Fire Safety in the workplace please e-mail:

More information and advice can be found on the National Fire Chiefs Council COVID-19 page