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What to Expect when a Fire Safety Inspector Visits 

 

1 INTRODUCTION

These notes are provided for your information and use when preparing for the fire safety audit.

Audits are carried out following nationally agreed guidelines so that any advice given to you is consistent and proportionate to any risk in your premises.

We believe that prevention is better than cure and our inspectors will actively work with you to advise and assist with meeting the standard required.

Our inspectors carry out audits in a fair and open manner in accordance with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority Enforcement Policy Statement (.PDF).

2 FIRE SAFETY INSPECTORS

Fire safety inspectors are issued with a written warrant which will be shown to you on request.  This warrant gives the inspector certain powers.  A summary of these powers and the legislation concerned are detailed in the General Advisory Notes (.PDF).

3 DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED DURING THE AUDIT

During the audit the inspector will need to view the following documents where applicable to your premises:

  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Fire Precautions Log Book
  • Records of Staff Training and Fire Drills
  • Records of Testing and Maintenance of Fire-fighting Equipment (Extinguishers)
  • Records of Testing and Maintenance for All Fire Safety Systems Including Fire Alarms, Emergency Lighting, Sprinkler System, Smoke Ventilation System

For guidance on completing a fire risk assessment, visit the Fire Risk Assessment page on this website and follow
the links for Small Premises fire risk assessment.

4 FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS WITHIN THE BUILDING

As part of the audit the inspector may wish to monitor the fire safety standards in all or part of the building.

The inspector may also wish to talk to members of staff to confirm their level of fire safety awareness.

5 GENERAL ADVISORY NOTES

General Advisory Notes (.PDF)