FAQ

We put together a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you get to grips with fire risk assessments for your holiday property.

Yes. If you provide any guest accommodation the law says you have to do this.  As the owner it is your responsibility to provide a fire risk assessment for your property but you can get a friend or an experienced fire risk assessor to do it on your behalf.

No, fire certificates have been abolished and any previously issued certificates are now invalid.  A fire risk assessment is a thorough review of the risks of fire within your holiday home, the people that will be visiting your property and the measures you need to put in place to keep them as safe as possible.

There is no end date.  It should be a living document that is continually reviewed and updated to keep in line with changes in your holiday property.  

Yes, we are happy to fit in with your requirements, even at weekends.

No, the fire service only have the resources to give advise on private, domestic fire safety in the home or for public buildings. 

No, depending on the size of your property, you should be able to buy fire safety products for use in small premises from local retailers, such as DIY stores.    These are likely to be less expensive than fire safety products which have been designed for larger and more complicated premises. Interlinked products are recommended.

Ignite South West can also supply and fit smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, extinguishers and blankets which includes manufacturer’s guarantees.

You should get all safety equipment tested regularly. You should keep a written record of your tests and the results.

You are then breaking the law, and you could be putting people’s lives at risk. The point of a risk assessment is to reduce the risks and plan how to keep people safe if there is a fire. The document is there to inform guests and help prevent fires during their stay. If you fail to do this, you are putting your guests, your property and your business at risk.

As every property is different it is difficult to give an exact time.  It should take around 1.5 to 2 hours to fire risk assess your property and yes, the owner, or representative who is familiar with the property, will need to be present.  The report will be compiled off site and sent to you.

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