Combustible Materials

  • Are combustible materials present?

  • Are there large quantities of paper, including files, folders and contents of wate bins?

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  • Are there packaging materials?

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  • Are there any fabrics or clothing?

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  • Is there any timber, hardboard, chipboard or similar products?

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  • Are there any chemicals which may be combustible or react with other chemicals to produce heat?

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  • Are there any display or exhibition materials?

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  • Are there any desks or office furnishings?

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  • Are there any dining tables and chairs?

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  • Are there any temporary room or office partitions?

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  • Is there any timber shelving?

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  • Are there any plastic fluorescent light diffusers?

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  • Are there any petroleum products and heating oils?

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  • Are there any motor oils, other lubricant and hydraulic fluids?

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  • Are there any solvents and degreasing agents?

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  • Are there any paints and thinners?

  • Identification and Quantity?

  • Are there any cylinders containing propane, butane, acetylene or other flammable gases?

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  • Are there battery charging facilities?

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  • Are there any flues present?

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  • Are there any voids behind panelling, above ceilings or below floors?

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Sources of Ignition

  • Are there any sources of ignition present?

  • Are there any flames or sparks from a work process? (Welding, cutting, grinding, hot air gun)

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  • Are there any electrical equipment?

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  • Is there anything that could cause frictional heat?

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  • Are there any boilers, engines or other oil burning equipment?

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  • Are there any matches, lighters, candles or smoking materials?

  • Identification and Quantity:

  • Are there any open gas flames and gas burning equipment?

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  • Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes if too close to combustible materials?

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  • Are there any fixed or portable heaters?

  • Identification, Quantity and Location:

  • Are there any bonfires/waste burning?

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  • Is there any risk of arson?

People at Risk

  • Are there any people at risk on site?

  • Are there any people that may be unfamiliar with the layout of the building and the location of the exit routes?

  • Are there staff working in areas where there is a specific risk?

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  • Are there contractors working on site?

  • Are there people with impaired mobility, hearing or sight?

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  • Is the building occupied?

  • What is the occupancy pattern?

Procedures

  • Are there procedures in place to control arson?

  • Are there procedures in place to control combustible dusts?

  • Are there procedures in place to control electrical equipment manintenance?

  • Are there procedures in place to control flammable and oxidising substances?

  • Are there procedures in place to control gas installation maintenance

  • Are there procedures in place to control hazardous atmospheres?

  • Are there procedures in places to control heaters?

  • Are there procedures in place to control hot work?

  • Are there procedures in place to control housekeeping?

  • Are there procedures in place to control plant and equipment maintenance?

  • Are there procedures in place to control smoking?

Means of Escape

  • Is a 1 minute escape time achievable for high fire risk areas? (6-12m)

  • Is a 2.5 minute escape time achievable for normal fire risks (9-25m)

  • Is a 3 minute escape time achievable for a low fire risk? (12-45m)

  • Are escape routes identified and clear of obstruction?

  • Detail any factors that could hinder the means of escape:

Suitable Signage

  • Are escape routes unambiguously signed with correct pictograms?

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  • Are mandatory signs relating to fire doors and fire exits displayed?

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  • Are signs indicating the location of fire fighting equipment displayed?

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  • Are the correct fire action notices displayed?

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Escape Lighting

  • Is escape lighting provided so that fire exit signs are visible?

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  • Is escape lighting in corridors without windows or without the benefit of borrow light (street lights)

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  • Is escape lighting provided to illuminate changes in floor level or changes in direction?

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  • Is escape lighting provided in unlit areas such as basements?

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  • Is escape lighting provided in large open plan office areas?

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  • Is escape lighting provided on external escape routes to the final place of safety?

Alarm and Detection System

  • Select the type of the fire alarm or detection system in place

  • Highlight any issues with system:

Fire Doors

  • Are fire doors rated to FD20 - 20 minute fire door?

  • Are fire doors rated to FD30 -30 minute fire door?

  • Are fire doors rated to FD60 -60 minute fire door?

  • Are fire doors fitted with self closing devices which operate properly?

  • Are fire doors fitted with electrically operated hold open devices?

  • Are fire doors fitted with intumescent strips or brush seals?

  • Are fire doors fitted with vision panels manufactured to the same fire resistance as the door?

  • Are fire doors fitted with fire door keep closed signs?

  • Any action to be taken:

Fire Authority Response

  • Are the details of the fire authority known?

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  • Has the grid reference been provided for the location?

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  • Are all the water supplies listed?

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  • Are the access routes for fire appliances suitable and sufficent?

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  • Detail any issues that could impact on the fire authority responding in a reasonable time:

Fire Fighting Equipment

  • Are there any water fire extinguishers available?

  • Quantity

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  • Are there any CO2 fire extinguishers available?

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  • Are there any powder fire extinguishers available?

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  • Are there any foam fire extinguishers available?

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  • Are there any fire hoses?

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  • Are there any fire blankets?

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  • Are there any fire hydrants?

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Management Procedures

  • Are management procedures in place for assisting people with disabilities to escape?

  • Action to be taken

  • Are management procedures liaising with contractors?

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  • Are management procedures in place for good house keeping?

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  • Are management procedures in place for service/maintenance and testing of hand held fire extinguishers and related equipment?

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  • Are management procedures in place for service/maintenance and testing of gas appliances?

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  • Are management procedures in place for service/maintenance and testing of emergency lighting?

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  • Are management procedures in place for service/maintenance and testing of fire alarm and detection systems?

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  • Are management procedures in place for maintenance/repair and periodic inspection of fixed electrical distribution systems?

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  • Are management procedures in place for portable appliance testing?

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  • Are management procedures in place for record keeping?

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  • Are management procedures in place for staff training?

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  • Are management procedures in place for emergency procedures?

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Risk Assessment

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