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Fire Safety Requirements for New Build Properties

Fire safety is one of the key sections within the Building Regulations, which outline the requirements needed to provide an early warning of fire, escape routes, preventing the spread of fire, and providing access to firefighting facilities for the Fire and Rescue Services. Across the UK there are different Fire Building Regulations which draw from different documents and require varying levels of protection. All of the regulations cover a wide range of safety fire safety requirements as detailed in this blog. New build sites face numerous challenges during the construction phase of build. This blog will discuss the  common challenges faced and how the FireAngel range offers a solution to the needs of all types of installations. 
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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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Social Housing CO Legislation (England)

Ensuring tenants safety is one of the most pressing issues for registered providers. England’s social landlords accommodate around 17% of all households in the UK, and a large proportion of these are vulnerable tenants - individuals who are likely to need extra help or protection in the home. Whilst there are a variety of fire hazards that tenants need to be aware of, the dangers of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) in the home are often overlooked or unknown, yet CO poisoning accounts for up to 4,000 medical visits a year in England. As the symptoms are often mistaken for that of flu, and the gas cannot be naturally detected by human senses, there is an increasing pressure on social housing associations and landlords to do their utmost to protect their tenants from this deadly gas.  
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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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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 Improve Tenant Safety By Reducing Nuisance Alarms

Smoke and heat alarms are the first line of defence in protecting tenants from dwelling fires. It is therefore paramount that neither residents or housing providers simply presume smoke alarms are working. They need to be installed correctly. properly maintained, tested regularly, and never tampered with.
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Fire Safety Order & Risk Assessments: An interview with Ceri Flavell

In the following interview Ceri Flavell, Watch Manager in the Protection (Fire Safety) Department of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, speaks to FireAngel about the Fire Safety Order; who it applies to, Fire Risk Assessments, and the importance of implementing and maintaining an appropriate fire alarm system. The Fire Safety Order (FSO), otherwise known as the Regulatory Reform Order, applies to England and Wales, and covers “General Fire Precautions and other fire safety duties which are needed to protect ‘Relevant Persons’ in case of fire, in and around most ‘premises’”. The FSO requires fire precautions to be implemented reasonably, practically and  ‘where necessary’.
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