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Your Guide To Fire Safety In Student Accommodation

For students going to university for the first time, often the last thing they will think about is fire safety. However, student accommodation can be at high risk of fire.  Did you know:  Those living in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire. 55% of 18-24 year old  fire related deaths, occurred through the misuse of cooking appliances and careless handling of hot substances.  Over the last 5 years, cigarettes, smoking materials and candles have been the cause of 1,500 18-24 year old injuries.  Tips for student fire safety: 
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Scotland Updating Fire Safety Legislation following Grenfell Tragedy

Scotland has long since led the way with carbon monoxide and fire safety legislation in the UK. For example, Building Regulations in England and Wales currently stipulate a Category LD3 as a minimum for domestic new builds - whereby alarms are fitted  in all circulation spaces that form part of escape routes - but Scotland’s technical handbook 2017 stipulates a Category LD2. In an LD2 system, alarms are installed in all circulation spaces that form part of escape routes but also in all areas that are either high risk or the principal habitable room (such as kitchens and living rooms).
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Alarm Control Unit - An Ideal Solution To Remotely Testing Smoke Alarms

What are the benefits of an alarm control unit?  The SONA by FireAngel Alarm Control Unit (WTSL-SN-1) allows you to remotely test a variety of smoke, carbon monoxide and heat alarms interlinked in the home. For the alarm control unit to integrate with a fire safety network, only one Wi-Safe 2 alarm is required. The control unit is therefore easily compatible with an established hardwired network!
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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 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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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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