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Fire risk assessments: how often must they be done?

There are no specific time periods in law for how often fire risk assessments must be carried out or reviewed. The law simply says that the person responsible for the assessment in your building must review it ‘regularly’ to make sure it’s up to date.

The responsible person must review the fire risk assessment if:

The assessment itself might also include a recommendation of how often it should be reviewed or updated. Reviewing an existing fire risk assessment can take less time than carrying out a new assessment, so reviews can be done more frequently.

There is guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. This recommended that for low-rise blocks of up to three storeys above ground, built in the last 20 years, fire risk assessments should be:

For blocks with higher risks (for example, because of the age of the building), or those more than 3 storeys high, the guidance recommends that fire risk assessments should be:

In extreme cases (for the highest-risk buildings), the guidance recommends doing a new fire risk assessment once a year.


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