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A Tenant's Guide To Fire Safety In Rented Accommodation

Whilst the implementation of fire safety in private rental accommodation is a primary objective of the landlord, it is vital that tenants are also aware of their landlord’s responsibilities, as well as their own. The following blog post aims to provide a broad guide for tenants to use in order to ensure there is an adequate level of fire safety in their rented accommodation, with a selection of resources and guides to refer to.
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BS 5839-6: 2013 & Building Regulations

Fire and Rescue Services across England have attended more than 162,000 fire incidents since 2015, a five per cent increase on the previous year*. With fire incidents on the rise, Ian Ballinger, Certification Manager for FireAngel, explains why it’s vitally important that local authority and housing association specifiers are fully aware of the fire protection guidelines in place and what measures need to be implemented to ensure all requirements are met.
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Making Fire Safety Legislation Simple For Private Landlords UK

As a private landlord, there are a multiplicity of guides and legislations that you need to consider in order to provide an adequate level of fire safety for your tenants. These will be dependent on the type of property you own, such as single household occupancy, HMOs or combined residential and commercial properties, to the type of tenant at hand (e.g. families, disabled or otherwise vulnerable persons).
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Protect Against Fire Damage To Your Rental Property

The year 2008 marked the highest UK fire losses of all time, rising over the previous year by 16% to a record £1.3bn costs. Fire damage is one of the major risks that your rental property faces, but there are many steps landlords can take to actively prevent fires, from conducting safety checks and installing top of the range alarm systems, to communicating fire prevention tips with tenants. Landlords must also be aware of what to do after a fire has caused damage to their property.
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The Ultimate Gas And Fire Safety Checklist For Residential Landlords

As a residential landlord, you have legal responsibilities when implementing fire safety in residential accommodation. Whether it is gas appliance checks or smoke alarm installation, these areas will affect those working in estate agencies and the property management sector alongside the tenants living in the home.
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Exciting New Fire Safety Technology To Prevent Kitchen Fires

Parallel to updates in fire safety legislation, fire safety technology is continually evolving to become faster and smarter - therefore providing a higher level of fire safety in the home. What’s more, there are an increasing number of products becoming available that can be tailored to a resident’s needs. Whilst the fire safety product market is extensive, the following blog post aims to overview some of the most exciting new developments in fire safety technology that can be implemented in the kitchen - the most dangerous room in the home. It is expected that, with time, these products will become legally required under fire safety legislation, and therefore increasingly present in homes.
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New Gas Detector For Home And Travel

Combustible Gas Awareness There is a concerning lack of awareness of the potential dangers of gas in the home - from toxic carbon monoxide (produced from incomplete combustion) to combustible natural gas leaks. Whilst carbon monoxide cannot be detected without an alarm, stench agents are added to natural gas so it can be smelt. However, as seen in recent research by Brown University, sound is often sufficient to disrupt sleep, whereas scents cannot - so every individual is at risk whilst sleeping.
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Top Fire Hazards To Watch Out For In Social Housing

Multi-occupancy social housing accommodates some of the most vulnerable in society, with 43% of people living with a long-term disability. There is also a large proportion of tenants who are elderly, or living with illnesses such as dementia. As a result, social housing tenants can be at a higher risk of fire as they may be more likely to forget about fire hazards (e.g. leaving food on the hob), be less able to detect fire alarms (e.g hearing disabilities) or may find it difficult to escape in the event of fire.
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How To Teach Your Classroom About Fire Safety

Teaching children about fire safety is an important part of the curriculum, but it can be hard to know the best ways to engage them and where to find resources. Primarily, an important thing to consider when you’re planning to deliver a lesson on fire safety is whether you will have any children present who may have been involved in a fire. You should be able to find this out from the school’s HR department, and then be able to handle the matter sensitively. In the case of young children, consulting their guardians first is advisable, so that they are aware of the content.
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How To Teach Young Children About Fire Safety

Communicating with young children can be difficult at the best of times, so how do you set about teaching them about fire safety? Every year, over 400 children under the age of 11 are injured and 4 are killed in accidental fires in the home in England. Young children are especially vulnerable, and understandably so, but that doesn’t mean family members can’t undertake a variety of fire safety measures to protect them. This may involve installing a higher standard of fire safety products in the home, such as an interlinking system so that you are alerted to danger throughout the property or taking a variety of approaches to teach them about the dangers of fire and what to do if one occurs.
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