Planning an outdoor event can be a demanding and tiring job

We have put together a quick guide for all employers, managers, organisers of events, occupiers, and owners of open air events and venues. It tells you what you have to do to comply with fire safety law, helps you to carry out a fire risk assessment and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place.

This guide is intended for open air events, and venues, such as

  • theme parks
  • zoos
  • music concerts and festivals
  • sporting events race meetings
  • fairgrounds
  • street festivals
  • religious festivals
  • balloon festivals
  • car-boot sales
  • county fairs
  • or other similar events


  • Identify fire hazards
    Sources of ignition
    Sources of fuel
    Sources of oxygen
  • Identify people at risk
    People in and around the premises
    People especially at risk
  • Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk
    Evaluate the risk of a fire occurring
    Evaluate the risk to people from fire
    Remove or reduce fire hazards
    Remove or reduce the risks to people
  • Detection and warning
  • Fire-fighting
  • Escape routes
  • Lighting
  • Signs and notices
  • Maintenance
  • Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
    Record significant finding and action taken
    Prepare an emergency plan
    Inform and instruct relevant people
    Co-operate and co-ordinate with others
    Provide training
  • Review
    Keep assessment under review
    Revise where necessary

Remember to keep your fire safety risk assessment under review.