Church fire safety risk assessment

10 December 2019

Reduce the risk of fire at your church with help from our fire risk assessment template and supporting guides.

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Fire safety in churches

All churches need to complete a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.  
To comply with the regulations, a responsible person must conduct a comprehensive risk assessment that considers, amongst other things: 
  • Ignition sources 
  • Suitable means of detecting and raising the alarm in the event of a fire 
  • Adequate emergency escape routes and exits 
  • An appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers 
  • The correct type and sufficient number of fire signs and notices 
  • Provision for the correct maintenance of fire equipment 
  • Suitable provision for the protection of fire service personnel 
  • Ensure the occupants receive the appropriate instruction/training in actions to be taken in the event of a fire, using evacuation drills 
  • The effect a fire could have on neighbours.
Where five or more persons are employed, a formal record must be made of any significant findings and remedial measures, which have been or may need to be taken.

Church fire safety plan

If a fire should occur, it’s important to have a plan to keep people safe. Arrangements must be made to ensure that a fire can be detected and that persons can evacuate from the building safely. Details of the roles and responsibilities that should be considered are outlined in our fire safety guidance.

Church fire risk assessment template

Our team of risk management specialists have created a fire risk assessment template with accompanying guidance notes to help you through the process.