Fire Safety, Maintenance
Along with identifying fire hazards in social housing, it is necessary to identify those who will be at risk if there is a fire and where they are likely to be found. This is fundamental in the landlord’s risk assessment.
Alongside vulnerable tenants mentioned previously, landlords need to consider other tenants who will likely be at greater risk in the event of fire. For instance; people asleep, people who are unfamiliar to building (guests), young or unaccompanied children, people who may be sensorially impaired due to medication, alcohol, or drugs, or tenants who have difficulty speaking English.
For more information on providing fire safety products for people at risk – such as interlinking fire alarms, strobes and low frequency sounders – see our blog post on providing Fire Safety Measures For Adults At Risk or any of our information on Vulnerable Tenants In Social Housing.
There are a variety of fire hazards in all domestic premises, but it vital that social housing tenants are aware of those that apply to them, how to reduce the risk of fire, and what to in the event there is one. If you are a registered housing provider, and want to ensure you have covered all the important areas of fire safety in your accommodation, please download our Fire Safety Checklist For Landlords (which can also be filled in by tenants).