Yes – under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure that you have taken reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape from fire.
If you employ five or more people or hold a licence issued by another authority (such as alcohol licence), you are required to record the findings of your fire risk assessment and review it regularly.
This applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space. For example, it applies to:
- offices and shops;
- premises that provide care, including care homes and hospitals;
- community halls, places of worship and other community premises;
- the shared areas of properties several households live in (housing laws may apply);
- pubs, clubs and restaurants;
- schools and sports centres;
- tents and marquees;
- hostels and hotels; and
- factories and warehouses.
It does not apply to people’s private homes including individual flats in a block or house.