Fire safety reminder for landlords and accommodation providers
Following the national media coverage of the recent fire at a student residence in Bolton, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is reminding landlords and accommodation providers to be aware of their legal obligations with regards to fire safety.
Group Commander Mick Cadman said: “Landlords and accommodation providers need to ensure that they are aware of and complying with fire safety legislation. This means that student residential halls should have robust fire risk assessments in place, which are also regularly reviewed.”
He continued: “By law, private landlords should install smoke alarms on every floor of their property and test them at the start of every tenancy. They should also install carbon monoxide alarms in any habitable rooms where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
“Tenants should be encouraged to test these alarms on a regular basis and should have an escape plan in case of fire.”
Private landlords who fail to install alarms could face a penalty of up to £5,000 and failure to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 can result in an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.
For more information on fire safety, please visit www.hwfire.org.uk