Fire safety and fire risk assessment

Fire drills and training


You should carry out a fire drill at least once a year. It is good practice not to announce fire drills in advance so you get a realistic idea of how effective your fire evacuation plans are.

Everyone must take part in the fire drill. You should record the result of each fire drill in your fire safety log book (DOC, 90K).

You must nominate and train a sufficient number of staff to assist fire drills and emergency evacuation procedures. This includes training on how to operate any fire-fighting equipment such as fire extinguishers.

Fire safety induction training

As the appropriate person, you must provide all employees with fire instruction and training so that they know what to do in the event of a fire.

Every employee, including those on temporary or short term contracts, and others likely to be on the business premises must know:

  • how to raise the alarm if they discover a fire
  • how to contact the fire brigade
  • how to use the fire-fighting equipment and in what circumstances
  • how to evacuate the building
  • where to assemble and who to report to

See more on fire safety guidance for businesses.