New fire safety guide aims to cut deaths
- 30th July 2008
- Landlord Property News
New national home fire safety guidelines for landlords has been released aimed at cutting the number of deaths from house fires each year.
More than 300 people die from house fires each year with over 300,000 fires recorded according to figures for 2004/5.
The new guide, Housing – Fire Safety, was developed by Local Authority Coordinators of Regulatory Services, the Chief Fire Officers Association and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The guidance applies to existing residential accommodation including single family houses, bedsits, shared houses and flats. It provides advice on how to keep residential buildings safe from fire, how to carry out a fire risk assessment and includes a range of case studies.
Landlords that follow the guidelines will be well placed to satisfy requirements set out under national fire safety legislation.
Geoffrey Theobald, chairman of LACORS, says: “It’s important that landlords carry out a fire risk assessment and make sure their properties have the right safety measures in place. Tenants have the right to expect that their accommodation is safe and that they will not be injured in a fire.
“Councils have an important role to play in fire safety and are working closely with fire and rescue authorities and local landlords to cut household fires, which claim more than 300 lives each year. But those landlords who intentionally flout the law can expect to face tough action in the courts.”
The National Landlords Association supports the guidance. Their chairman, David Salusbury, says: “With so much potentially confusing fire safety legislation now in force, this new LACORS guidance creates a single document setting out landlords’ obligations. Many landlords want to know what they need to install because they are following good practice and want to avoid the need for enforcement.”
Click on the link below to download a free copy of the guidance.
Tenants have the right to expect that their accommodation is safe and that they will not be injured in a fire.
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