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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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What To Do In The Event Of Fire

It is vital that you have a fire escape plan in place so that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire. As the best course of action will change according to your location, the type of building and the extent and whereabouts of fire, it is important that everyone knows what to do in different situations. It is therefore recommended to plan and practise multiple escape routes, and follow a defined course of action should you find a fire in your home.
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Fire Safety Tips For Landlords

Did you know that people who live in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire? That’s why it’s vital for landlords to not just be aware of the dangers, but to actively prevent them. This blog will outline eight fire safety tips for private and social landlords to ensure tenant safety in rented accommodation. It is the latest in our series of landlord resources for fire safety, geared at helping, guiding and advising landlords on fire safety best practice.
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Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 Guidance

What is the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015? The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations came into force in 2015 in a bid to bolster fire safety in homes across England, and understandably so. Over 200 people die yearly in domestic fires, and those living without fire alarms are four times more likely to die at home. It is therefore vital that private landlords abide by the 2015 fire safety (England) legislation, which requires there to be least one smoke detector on every storey of their rental property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room that contains a solid fuel burning appliance (for instance, a coal fire or wood burning stove).
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How To Educate Tenants On Fire Safety

Whether you are an established landlord in the social or private sector or a first-timer letter, understanding fire safety and effectively communicating it to tenants is both legally and morally indispensable. To get to grips with this, there are a range of resources available online such as the government published LACORS, BS 5839: Part 6. For a brief guide without the jargon, consult our Social Housing Toolkit, our Landlord resources page or our printable fire safety handout.
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Fire Safety Measures for Adults at Risk

Statistics show that people are more at risk of dying in a fire if they are classed as a ‘vulnerable tenant’, so it’s important to ensure that you have the right fire safety measures in place to protect them. The Department of Health (2008) defines a vulnerable tenant as: “A person aged 18 or over who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of himself or herself against significant harm or exploitation.”
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Landlord Resources

Regardless of whether you are a first time letter or a seasoned private landlord with an extensive portfolio, ensuring that your tenants are safe and that your properties comply with current fire safety regulations is vital. According to official government statistics, in 2015/16 there were approximately 529,000 incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England. In 28% of dwelling fires, no fire alarm was present and a further 11% did not have a working one. Furthermore, cooking appliances were behind 50% of accidental dwelling fires and 52% of non-fatal casualties in 2015/16.
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