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Fire Risk Assessment Form template for a residential or domestic property

Residential or Domestic Property Fire Risk Assessment Form


This Residential or Domestic Property Fire Risk Assessment Form template is intended for use by the owner or manager of the freehold of a domestic dwelling that contains two or more flats.

Since the Fire Safety Order of 2005, the building owner/controller (usually the freeholder or management company) has had to carry out, or arrange to have carried out, a fire risk assessment on the communal or shared areas of converted houses or blocks of flats. This requirement has now been amended/upgraded by the Fire Safety Act 2021 to include an assessment of the external fabric of the building.

The Duty Holder can carry out the risk assessment themselves, but it is recommended that a competent person/professional is instructed to assist in this important task. If you do want to perform the fire risk assessment yourself, you should only do so if you have sufficient knowledge of fire safety. For further information on carrying out a fire risk assessment yourself you can review the government’s guidance on performing a risk assessment which can be found here .

This Residential Fire Risk Assessment Form template aims to provide a comprehensive list of what you should look for when carrying out your assessment, however, there may be items in respect of your particular property that are not on the list. For this reason, each section of the Fire Risk Assessment Form template contains blank boxes for additional items specific to the particular circumstances of your property, to be used as needed.

When completing your fire risk assessment you must:

  • consider the building fabric, including the external construction materials, windows and balconies;
  • look at fire doors and compartmentation;
  • Consider any active or passive controls you may have in place; and
  • Consider your escape routes.

Once you have completed your fire safety risk assessment and have noted any issues on an Action Plan, you must set a timetable for rectifying them within a reasonable period of time.

A separate fire risk assessment form template is available for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

It is best practice for a fire risk assessment to be carried out annually and before a new tenant takes up occupation.

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