A Guide to Fire Safety in Your Rental Property

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Living in a rental property comes with both freedom and responsibility. While your landlord is responsible for maintaining the property’s basic safety features, ensuring your own safety in the event of a fire ultimately falls on you, the tenant. Here’s a comprehensive guide to fire safety in your rental property:

Know Your Landlord’s Responsibilities:

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

As a landlord you are legally obligated to provide and install at least one smoke alarm on every level of the property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. You are also responsible for ensuring these alarms are in working order at the beginning of your tenancy. Read our previous article on this here.

  • Escape Routes:

Landlords must ensure all escape routes are accessible and free from clutter or blockages at all times. This includes checking fire doors and ensuring they close properly.

  • Fire Safety Information:

As a landlord it is your responsibility to provide tenants with information on fire safety procedures and the location of fire extinguishers, if any.

Tenants – Taking Charge of Your Safety:

  • Test Smoke and CO Alarms Regularly:

Don’t rely solely on your landlord’s initial check. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed.

  • Familiarize Yourself with Escape Routes:

Walk through your escape routes regularly, both during the day and at night. Identify alternate exits in case your primary escape route is blocked by fire or smoke.

  • Practice Your Escape Plan:

Conduct fire drills with everyone living in the household, including children and pets. This will help everyone familiarize themselves with the escape routes and procedures in case of a real fire.

  • Preventative Measures:

Be mindful of fire hazards in your daily life. This includes:

    • Never leaving cooking unattended.
    • Keeping electrical cords away from heat sources.
    • Not overloading electrical outlets.
    • Storing flammable liquids properly.
    • Disposing of cigarettes safely.
    • Keeping exits and hallways clear of clutter.
    • Ensure all fire doors remain shut at all times when not in use. They should not be propped open as this then prevents them from working.

Communication is Key:

  • Report Any Fire Safety Concerns: If you notice any issues with fire safety equipment, blocked escape routes, or faulty wiring, inform your landlord immediately.
  • Discuss Fire Safety Procedures: Talk to your landlord about their fire safety procedures, such as the location of the building’s fire extinguisher, if any, and any specific evacuation procedures unique to the property.

Do you require all review of all your paperwork? We offer this service for landlords to ensure you are compliant, call Beth Roberts on 01273 724000 or click here.

Fire doors are crucial components of a building’s fire safety system. They play a vital role in saving lives and minimizing damage in the event of a fire. Here’s why they are so important:

  • Contain the Fire:

Fire doors are designed to withstand fire and heat for a specific period, typically 30 or 60 minutes. This crucial time barrier helps contain the fire within its origin, preventing it from spreading to other parts of the building. This allows occupants more time to safely evacuate and firefighters to reach the source of the fire and extinguish it effectively.

  • Safeguard Escape Routes:

Fire doors are often located along escape routes, such as hallways and stairwells. By keeping these areas free of fire and smoke, they ensure a safe passage for occupants to exit the building during a fire emergency.

  • Minimize Smoke and Gas Spread:

Fire doors are equipped with special seals that expand when exposed to heat, creating a tight closure around the door frame. This effectively blocks the passage of smoke and toxic gases, preventing them from reaching other parts of the building and potentially harming occupants.

  • Protect Property:

By containing the fire and smoke, fire doors help minimize damage to the building and its contents. This can significantly reduce repair and replacement costs after a fire incident.

Are you currently renting out your property but want an up-to-date property valuation? Call us today on 01273 724000 or click here.

In conclusion, fire doors are essential for ensuring the safety of building occupants and minimizing damage during a fire. They are a crucial element of passive fire protection and their proper functioning is vital for a comprehensive fire safety strategy.

It’s important to remember that fire doors are only effective if they are properly maintained and used correctly. This includes ensuring they are self-closing, unobstructed, and not tampered with. Regularly inspecting and maintaining fire doors is essential for their optimal performance in a fire situation.

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Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
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16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
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Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
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11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
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20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
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Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
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So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
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we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
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Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
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