It is imperative that tenants of social housing or private rented properties regularly check the safety equipment that has been provided to ensure that everything is in working order.
- Tenants should never cover up smoke alarms or take out the batteries. Smoke and heat alarms save lives – you are at least 8 times more likely to die in a fire without working smoke or heat alarms.
- Never tamper with smoke, heat or CO alarms – if you notice or experience any issues with your alarms you should immediately contact your housing provider/landlord or maintenance team.
- Make sure that you are aware of fire escape routes in case of an emergency, and always remember to keep fire doors free from obstruction (and do not prop them open).