All accommodation businesses, whether they take one or one hundred guests have to comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005. In order to do this, all businesses must carry out a fire risk assessment and VisitEngland suggests you record it all very carefully.
VisitEngland provides a simple Fire Risk Assessment Template Tool to help smaller accommodation businesses complete their own Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) (see real examples on the right of this page).
This is not the only way to show compliance with the 'Fire Safety Order', however, for smaller properties it should be sufficient.
It should be used for B&B’s, guesthouses, farmhouses, inns with rooms and all types of individual self-catering properties – with floors not exceeding three storeys (or 7.5 metres) in height.
The tool gives guidance and prompts to help you:
• identify any risks
• form an action plan
• produce a written record to download, print and save
You will then need to keep a copy safe and regularly update it. Keep a copy off site too in case a fire does happen as you will need this to prove to your local fire brigade and insurance company that you did in fact, carry one out.
This Fire Risk Assessment template is for guidance only. VisitEngland does not warrant that its completion will fulfil all your statutory obligations and shall not be liable for any costs, claims, loss, injury, damages, or proceedings howsoever arising from its use.
Further information on fire safety law can be obtained from Gov.uk