Fire Safety Notices

  • Have the Fire Service issued any type of notice to the premises?

  • If so, have remedial works been undertaken?

  • If so, are the completed?

  • If not, when is the anticipated completion date?

Fire Risk Assessment/Plan

  • Has the Fire Risk Assessment been carried out?

  • Is it readily available?

  • Is it current?

  • Are there any outstanding actions?

  • If so: have actions been agreed?

  • If so: has work been programmed?

  • If so: has a review date been set?

  • Is there suitable monitoring of fire safety measures in place?

  • Can it be demonstrated that monitoring is regularly carried out?

  • Are staff aware of the risk assessment and where it is located?

  • Are staff able to access the document?

Fire Log Book

  • Is it available?

  • Is it being completed properly?

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The Fire Alarm (Weekly Testing)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The Fire Alarm (Quarterly Testing)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The Fire Alarm (Annual Testing)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The Emergency Lighting System (Monthly Testing)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The Emergency Lighting System (Six Monthly Testing)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The Emergency Lighting Testing (Three Yearly Testing

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: Emergency Lighting System (Contractors checks)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The Firefighting Equipment (Monthly checks)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: The annual inspection by a competent person?

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: Staff Training (Fire Drills)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: Staff Training (Evacuation Procedures)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: Staff Training (Firefighting equipment)

  • Are entries being made in a timely fashion in relation to: visits by the Fire Service?

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

  • Are there emergency evacuation procedures in place at the premises?

  • do they make adequate provisions for persons at significant risk? i.e. young/elderly/disabled

  • Are they documented?

  • Are they trained on?

  • Do they cover fire evacuation?

  • Do they cover procedures in the event of a power cut?

  • Do they cover evacuation in the event of a bomb threat?

  • Do they cover search procedures?

  • Is the location of the assembly point appropriate for the risk posed?

Premises related Inspection Checklists

  • Are they available to the person's required to complete them?

  • Are they completed to a satisfactory standard?

Combustible Materials and sources of Ignition:

  • Are there flammable substances and combustible materials and are they being controlled effectively?

  • Are all flammable substances and combustible materials stored safely i.e. specially designed containers or stored in metal cabinets?

  • Have all electrical systems and equipment been tested in accordance with the provisions of 'The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989'

  • If portable heaters are in use, are the fixed in position at a safe distance from any combustible materials and suitably guarded.

  • Are all items of electrical equipment fitted with fuses of the correct rating?

  • Do circuit breakers work?

  • Are lengths of cable kept to a minimum?

  • Are cables run only where damage is unlikely and not under floor coverings or through doorways or properly protected?

  • Are staff aware only trained personnel authorised by management can make alterations/repairs to the electrical installation and equipment?

  • Is the upholstery or furniture in good condition?

  • Is the workplace free of rubbish, waste paper or other materials, which could catch fire or be set alight? Are there suitable facilities for the disposal of smoking materials?

  • Are there suitable measures to protect against the risk of arson e.g. security?

Means of Escape

  • Are there sufficient exits for the number of people present?

  • Do exits lead to a place of total safety?

  • Are all gangways and escape routes free from obstruction

  • Are all internal fire doors clearly labelled?

  • Can all fire safety signs and fire exit notices be clearly seen?

  • Are all doors used for escape available for use?

  • Are exits clearly indicated where necessary and are all escape routes adequately lit?

  • Where appropriate, do doors used for means of escape open in the direction of travel?

  • Can doors used for means of escape be easily and immediately opened without the use of a key?

  • Are the floor surfaces on escape routes free from tripping and slipping hazards?

  • Are stairways in a good state of repair?

  • Has appropriate provision been made for the safety of persons with special needs such as the disabled, the young and the old?

  • Are all vents and service ducts etc. suitably protected to prevent the spread of fire, heat or smoke?

Emergency Lighting

  • Do the premises have the benefit of an emergency lighting system?

  • Is the emergency escape lighting, where fitted, in working order?

  • Is the emergency lighting system tested in accordance with fire safety arrangements?

  • Are records kept of tests carried out?

Fire Alarm

  • Is the fire alarm system in working order?

  • Can the alarm be raised without anyone being placed at risk from fire?

  • Are the fire alarm call points clearly visible and unobstructed?

  • Can the alarm be heard throughout the premises?

  • Is the alarm tested in accordance with FCAT fire safety arrangements?

  • Are records kept of tests carried out?

Fire Fighting Equipment

  • Is there sufficient fire fighting equipment of the correct type?

  • Are the locations of portable firefighting equipment clearly identifiable?

  • Are portable fire extinguishers, fire blankets, etc. suitably located and available for use?

  • Have the portable fire extinguishers been serviced within the last year?

  • Are records kept of tests carried out?

Signs and Signage

  • Are sufficient fire safety signs and notices used throughout the premises?

  • Are all fire doors correctly indicated by signs?

  • Is all firefighting equipment correctly indicated by the appropriate signage?

  • Are all escape routes correctly indicated by appropriate safety signage? I.e. green & white running man symbol?

Testing Maintenance and Records

  • Is all equipment on the premises maintained and tested in accordance with relevant provider’s guidance?

  • Are there suitable records of regular fire safety maintenance inspections?

  • Are there suitable records of fire drills?

  • Is there evidence that appropriate staff training has been provided?

Workplace Inspections - External

  • Have external workplace inspections in respect of Fire Safety been carried out?

  • Are external workplace inspections checklists available?

  • Are they current?

  • Are they signed by the person carrying out the inspection?

  • Are they signed by the person agreeing the actions?

  • Have agreed actions been completed?

Comments and Actions

  • Comments from the Interim Fire Safety Audit:

  • Actions:

  • Signed:

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