Sources of fuel / ignition / oxygen

Is the area free from the storage of large quantities of combustible materials? i.e Paper, card, plastics etc

Are substantial areas of walls free from posters, notices or leaflets?

Are flammable materials situated and/or stored at a safe distance away from heat sources? i.e lighting, heating etc

Have portable appliances been tested (PAT)? N.B.Check minimum of 5 items or more where area has more than 1 room

Is the department free from portable heaters? N.B.There should be no portable heaters in place

Are medical gas valves easily accessible and free from obstruction?

Are gas cylinders in use or in storage?

If answered yes to above, are cylinders suitably stored? i.e racked or locked away

Do all fire hazard rooms meet current standards?

If answered NO to above, is there a proposed strategy in place to upgrade?

Risk to people from fire

Are trailing cables appropriately placed / protected to prevent crush and impact?

Is there a fire plan in place at the entrance to area?

Does the fire plan reflect the area it represents?

Is there a fire poster on clear display?

Does the fire poster reflect the area it represents?

Is there a record of a Fire Drill taking place within the last 12 months?

Is there an alternative direction of escape?

Are escape route(s) clearly indicated with signage?

Is signage universally comprehensible? i.e pictorial / directional running man

Are escape routes free from obstruction and combustible materials?

Do final exit door(s) open in the direction of escape?

Do final exit doors(s) open easily and without the use of a key? N.B. Check whether alarmed and request key from staff if required - open door to check ease of opening.

Do fire doors close fully and flush into rebate?

Are fire doors seen to be in the 'closed' position?

Are all internal fire doors clearly marked? i.e. FR30 / FR 60

Is the integrity of the fire doors free from any obvious signs of damage?

Are N2 fire action notices displayed at ALL call points?

Are portable fire extinguishers provided?

Is appropriate signage in place to indicate the type of extinguishers?

Are extinguishers easily accessible and free from obstruction?

Have checks been carried out on ALL fire fighting equipment within the last 12 months i.e portable extinguisher / fire hose / blankets

Are there any special evacuation aids available?

If answered YES to above please list what type and quantities present.

Have all outstanding issues from PK1/PK3 been addressed?


Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.