Fire Risk Assessment

Address of Property Assessed: Pots & Pans Cottage, Uppermill, OL3

Person Undertaking the Assessment: Cliff Lonsdale

Position: Owner

Date of last assessment: 6th December 2020

Fire Risk Assessment (STEP 1: Identify Fire Hazards and Fire Risks)

1.1 Sources of ignition

a) Electrical – wiring and appliances

  1. Electrical equipment is in good working order, surveyed and certified in August 2019.
  2. No lose cables, no overloaded sockets, no damaged cables, no damaged switches or sockets.
  3. Circuit breaker in good condition and labelled.
  4. PAT testing carried out in August 2019.

b) Cooking

  1. Six gas burner range stove, two electric ovens and one grill.
  2. The Extraction hood is regularly cleaned and degreased.
  3. Instructions for the use of the cooking equipment are available in the kitchen.

c) Smoking

  1. There is a strict NO SMOKING policy inside the house.

d) Candles

  1. Candles are not provided, nor should be used in the house.

e) Heaters and boilers

  1. Gas central heating combo boiler provides hot water and central heating to radiators in every room
  2. Lounge also has Aga wood burning stove
  3. No freestanding heaters are present in the property
  4. The boiler was installed in 2019 by a Corby registered engineer

f) Open fires

  1. Aga Wood burning stove in Lounge
  2. A fireguard is provided
  3. The chimney is regularly swept twice per year (last swept October 2019)
  4. The hearth adequate to prevent rugs etc touching hot surfaces
  5. Dry wood, kindling & firelighters are provided
  6. Instructions for use are in the kitchen drawer


1.2. Fuel present

a) No unnecessary fuel such as petrol or spirits is kept on the premises.

b) Elements of structure

  1. Floors in the lounge are made of timber
  2. The walls are made of brick / stone.
  3. Wooden beams in Kitchen, bathroom, Master bedroom

c) Furniture and furnishings

  1. All furniture is labelled and complies with Furniture and Furnishing (Fire Safety) Regulations.

d) Domestic waste

  1. Is kept in a metal bin in the kitchen and removed regularly.

e) Other items – e.g. petrol for lawnmowers, cleaning materials etc.

  1. No highly flammable liquids or substances are kept on the premises.


1.3. Activities that might cause a fire, including work processes/procedures etc.

Activities that could contribute to a fire:

  1. Cooking
  2. Using the Aga wood burning stove
  3. Using or misusing electrical items such as the iron, hairdryer, tumble dryer, electric kettle, microwave, toaster, etc.


Fire Risk Assessment (STEP 2: Identify Persons at Risk)

2.1 Number of guests

  1. The property is suitable for a maximum of 4 adults
  2. It is anticipated that children will stay in the property and will most likely sleep in Bedroom 2. Very small children and babies can be accommodated in a travel cot.
  3. Due to the steep stairs within the property and stair access outside the property. People with physical disabilities that prevent them from climbing stairs will require assistance in the event that evacuation is necessary.

2.2. Number of staff/employees

  1. There are no employees under 18 years of age
  2. There is only one part-time employee (house manager and cleaner)


Fire Risk Assessment (STEP 3: Evaluate the Risks)

3.1. Means of escape

a) Detail the type of property:

  1. The cottage is a two-storey semi-detached building

b) Detail the number of exit doors and where they are:

  1. There is one exit door to the property, located in the kitchen. This door is inward opening.
  2. The door should be kept locked, however, the keys are kept in an easy accessible location.
  3. The door is always kept clear and available for use.

3.2. The fire alarm and fire detection

a) Describe what fire alarm and fire detectors have been provided:

  1. There are three smoke alarms and three carbon monoxide detector alarms in the property.
  2. These are checked monthly

3.3. Firefighting equipment

a) Detail what fire extinguishers/blankets are provided and where they are.

  1. There are two fire extinguishers in the property. One in the kitchen near the stove and one upstairs near the washing machine and tumble drier.
  2. There is a fire blanket near to the stove in the kitchen.

3.4. Escape lighting

a) Detail areas covered by emergency lighting (if any):

  1. Torches are provided for guests use.

3.5. Evacuation procedure

a) Describe the evacuation procedures

  1. On discovering a fire, raise the alarm by shouting FIRE! (to alert anyone in the immediate vicinity)
  2. If safe to do so, use an appropriate fire extinguisher to tackle the fire, but only if your exit is clear.
  3. Leave the building by the nearest exit, do not stop to gather belongings.
  4. Call the Fire Brigade on 999.
  5. Do not return to the building until you are advised that it is safe to do so.

Created: 1st February 2018 (updated 6th December 2020)

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