Fire risk assessments

COVID-19

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: [email protected].

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

By law, the owners of all non-domestic buildings must carry out fire risk assessments.

For advice on how to carry out a fire risk assessment, visit GOV.uk.

For fire safety risk assessment guidance, including how to choose a fire risk assessor, visit the National Fire Chiefs Council website.

To help you keep a record, download our fire safety log book.

We enforce fire safety laws in all non-domestic buildings in Lincolnshire.

We address complaints about fire safety. We undertake post-fire investigations if there is evidence of poor fire safety.

Where breaches occur, we provide practical advice or issue formal notices. If we believe there is a serious risk to life, we can prohibit or restrict the use of the building.

To find out more, read our fire service enforcement policy.

Residential accommodation

By law, the owner or manager for residential accommodation must check the fire safety of materials used on or in their buildings.

If you find flammable cladding, you should consider this in your evacuation plan.

You should check that fire doors within the building perform properly in the event of a fire.

This includes when doors are renewed or replaced, and must include accredited certification.

Fire risk assessments should also assess the smoke control system and prove that the systems are maintained.

Visit Gov.uk for further advice on smoke control systems

Buildings such as high rises are split into each home using fire safe doors, walls, floors and other construction.

This is called 'compartmentation'.

Fire risk assessments should address this to help form your evacuation plan.

Grenfell and other fires have shown that 'compartmentation' can be breached externally too.

This should be a consideration in an assessment.

You can download advice on safety checks for private residential blocks, including fire doors, on gov.uk.