Did you know it’s just over 5 years since private sector landlords have been required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove)? Once installed, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.
The regulations advised that landlords should make an informed decision to choose the best alarms to protect their properties and tenants (such as hard wired or battery powered). It also advised that at least one smoke alarm should be on every storey, on the ceiling in a circulation space, i.e. a hall or a landing. Remember modern smoke alarms have a life span of 10 years so add this to your new tenancy checklist.
Having carried out your obligations with each new tenancy Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue recommend giving tenants some basic fire safety advice:
· Test your smoke alarms every week
· Shutting internal doors when going to bed, this gives tenants protection and helps contain a fire and keep escape routes clear
· Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the hob
· Don’t overload plug sockets and turn off none essential items at night
· Don’t charge mobile devices up at night or run the washing machine, tumble drier or dishwasher at night
· Don’t smoke when tired or if you have been drinking and never smoke in bed
· Put out all candles before going to bed
· Plan your likely escape routes in advance - before you actually need one
Please note that fire detection requirements in HMOs are different to those in single family occupancy.
For more information please contact Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue on 01476 565441 or via the website at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/