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How Much Should a Fire Risk Assessment Cost?

How Much Should a Fire Risk Assessment Cost?

A fire risk assessment is not just a legal requirement under the terms of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it’s also one of the key tools needed to maintain effective fire safety at any commercial premises.

While it is possible to carry out your own fire risk assessment – if yours is a very small company or you have the relevant experience and knowledge – you’re usually better advised to engage the services of a professional. We explored why this is the case in some depth in this previous article.

However, in these difficult times, with company budgets stretched ever further, it’s understandable that you might be concerned by the potential cost of a fire risk assessment.

In this article, we’ll examine what you might expect to pay for a fire risk assessment, together with the kind of factors that are likely to impact the final price.

How much does a fire risk assessment cost

How much should a fire risk assessment cost?

When looking for someone to do your fire risk assessment, it’s important that you’re not just looking at the cheapest option. A professional, reliable assessment that is going to keep you, your staff and your visitors safe is far more important than a few pennies saved here and there.

Having said that, don’t forget that at Scutum South East we always aim to beat any other quote you get, so it’s always worth speaking to us before committing yourself elsewhere.

As a very rough estimate, the cost of a fire risk assessment could cost anywhere from about £200 up to £1,200 or £1,300. Now, that’s a pretty big window, so let’s look into the sort of things that can send the cost of your own assessment up or down.

What will affect the cost of a fire risk assessment?

The size of your building

It’s understandable that the bigger your building or site is, the longer it will take for a thorough assessment to be conducted. For instance, if you run a small office with a couple of rooms, you wouldn’t expect to pay the same as Amazon would for one of their fulfilment centres.

The use of the building and the risks present

By the same token, if yours is a busy workshop using lots of power tools close to highly combustible gases and liquids, you’re going to need strict fire safety measures that are going to take longer to detail and put in place than premises that have a couple of laptops and a kettle to make the tea. Similarly, the more separate fire risks there are, the greater provision will be needed to make sure they can be dealt with effectively.

The layout of the building

Complex buildings with multiple floors, rooms and other areas will need more time spent on developing passive fire measures – such as fire doors and fire stopping – than buildings made up of one large, open space. Compartmentalisation in sites such as these means a fire can be restricted to one area to allow occupants more time to escape and the fire and rescue service more time to attend.

The number of people on site

A key part of a fire risk assessment is putting together plans for ensuring everyone present can safely escape in an emergency situation. And the more people that need to be evacuated, the more detailed the plans will need to be and the longer they’re going to take to put in place.

Vulnerable persons

When you have vulnerable people in the building  – whether that’s people with mobility issues, who work in conditions that might make hearing an alarm problematic, or are particularly old or particularly young – you need to make extra detailed provisions to enable them to evacuate them safely in the event of a fire. 

Sleeping occupants and/or residents

If people are sleeping in the building overnight, this is another situation where extra time and effort will be needed to make plans for how to get them out of the building safely should an emergency arise.

When you engage Scutum South East to carry out a fire risk assessment on your commercial premises, you can be sure that the work will be carried out by industry experts with years of relevant experience. They’ll know what to look for to make sure you’re doing everything you can and should to both meet your legal obligations and keep your premises as safe as possible.

Get in touch with us today to find out more or to book your next fire risk assessment.

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Scutum South East is a leading expert in fire safety and security solutions for businesses and organisations located across South East England, including London and Surrey.

From fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire risk assessments to access control, CCTV and intruder alarm systems – and a lot more besides – we offer a comprehensive range of products and services designed to keep you, your business and your staff and visitors safe.

With decades of industry experience to call on, we’re proud to hold accreditations from leading trade associations and bodies such as British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE), the British Fire Consortium, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).

If you’d like to find out more about Scutum South East, get in touch with our friendly team or explore our products and services on our site.

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