This is how we carried out our fire risk assessment.
Identify fire risk hazards.
Source of fire ignition:
The main fire hazards at Tuck Mill Barns come from embers falling from the wood burners, from cooking fires and from guests smoking.
Sources of fuel:
The main sources of fuel at Tuck Mill Barns that are combustible are, logs, oil, and accumulations of combustible material next to heat sources.
Identify people at risk:
People in and around the premises:
We have our guests and our Family; there may be other visitors from time to time. Some will be small children and elderly relatives or may have mobility issues.
Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from risk:
Evaluate the risk of a fire starting:
The likelihood of the logs catching fire without assistance is viewed as unlikely. The likelihood of a cooker fire depends upon the care exercised by the guests. Fire blankets are provided. The biomass boiler room and wood store is a good distance from all the other buildings and the reserve oil is stored in a bunded tank. The highest risk probably comes from embers falling onto a rug from the wood burners. We have two wood burners, which have been fitted by qualified fitters. None of them have rugs or carpets directly in front of them and therefore the risk of embers spreading fire is very remote. We provide fireguards for all guests should they choose to use them.
Evaluate the risk to people from a fire:
The barns have been designed to have as many exits as possible within planning constraints. Rack Hays has four exits, plus four ground level windows and three first floor fire escape windows. Tallet has one exit on the ground floor and two exits on the first floor, with all four bedrooms on the ground floor having fire escape windows. Each of these layouts gives guests a variety of options to leave the building safely. Guests are advised on arrival that they must account for all their party in the event of a fire and to call 999 and explain that they are at Tuck Mill Barns.
Remove or reduce the fire hazard:
Being new build we have minimised fire risks from the outset by following building regulations. The logs are stored away from the occupied barns as is the biomass installation, the oil tank and the reserve oil boilers.
Protect people by providing fire precautions:
We have provided fire blankets and guests have the fire precaution and basic procedures explained to them in the welcome pack and upon arrival. All barns have smoke detectors and/or heat detectors to current Building Regulations. We also have carbon monoxide detectors in all the barns. All electrical equipment will be PAC tested according to regulations.
Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
Record any major findings and action you have taken:
Aside from the above, we have not had any major findings to report as of June 2017.
Discuss and work with other responsible people.
As detailed above we have had extensive help from Holiday Cottages.co.uk
Prepare an emergency plan:
The emergency plan is explained clearly to guests. Get all your party out and accounted for and call 999 and say you are at Tuck Mill Barns. Guests are provided with our post code upon arrival and our Grid Reference is ST07790 01170. We ask that after contacting the emergency services guests contact us.
Inform those using the house:
As above we ask our guests to notify as soon as any emergency situation arises.
If any full-time staff members are taken on they will be trained, part time staff have been trained in the basic procedure, get everyone out and accounted for and dial 999 and say Tuck Mill Barns. Then notify owners, take no risks.