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....
If you are responsible for fire safety in a building, it is your legal responsibility to make sure that the building has an up to date fire risk assessment.
The law says that the ‘responsible person’ must get a ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment that covers the shared parts of their building.
As the responsible person, you must also:
- get the fire risk assessment reviewed regularly
- act on any recommendations in the assessment, such as keeping escape routes clear or providing fire extinguishers
If you do not carry out a fire risk assessment you could face an unlimited fine and/or up to 2 years in prison.
More information you might find useful:
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- Which law covers fire safety?
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- What are the leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act 2022?
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Fire safety
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