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Fire Safety & The Law: Where Do Landlords Stand?

Ensuring that a rented property is safe and does not pose hazards to the tenants is one of the most important responsibilities that landlords have. Compliance with fire safety regulations is a crucial part of this, but landlords often find it difficult to identify which aspects of fire safety legislation apply to their particular case, and there are often perpetuated myths about what you should or shouldn’t do. In our latest article here at Fire Seals Direct we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions that all landlords should consider.

How Do I Know If My Property Is Safe?

All landlords are required to complete a fire risk assessment on rented properties; you may also delegate this task on a responsible person. The assessment will help you identify possible fire hazards, people at risk, and ways of reducing or removing fire risks. The exact contents of the assessment vary depending on the property's size and what it’s used for, but you can find blank templates at this website.

Do I Have To Use Accredited Contractors?

Gas and electrical appliances must be checked on an annual basis by Gas Safe registered engineers and NICEIC qualified electricians. Fire extinguishers must be serviced by trained technicians at least once a year.

What Do Regulations Say About Detection Equipment?

All properties must be fitted with smoke detectors, which can be mains powered or battery operated. Bear in mind that the latter need to be tested and replaced regularly, whereas mains-powered models might fail to function during a power outage. At least one fire extinguisher must be fitted on every floor of the property, and fire blankets should be provided in properties with shared kitchens.

What Is Compartmentation?

Compartmentation (dividing a property's space into different areas) helps prevent the spread of fire and increase the amount of time available for evacuation – this is why fire escape doors must close automatically. Fire-resistant doors and intumescent door seals are used to prevent the rapid spread of fire, and although their use is not compulsory, it is certainly recommended as a precautionary measure.

It is evident that shortcuts are not an option when it comes to fire safety in rented properties. At Fire Seals Direct we take every aspect of fire safety with the utmost seriousness, as it is reflected in our extensive range of products. We can provide landlords, builders, and contractors with a comprehensive selection of fire safety products, including door seals, fire door hardware, fire barrier products, intumescent foam, seals, and fire safety signs.

As an independent stockist, we make every effort to source products and equipment that suit your needs, no matter how hard-to-find they might be. You can buy from us with total peace of mind, as all our products comply with fire safety legislation. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, call us or e-mail us and we'll be happy to help.