Fire safety – Carbon Monoxide, Fire Extinguishers

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What type of fire equipment do I need within my properties?

If you are a landlord you need to consider what type of fire equipment to have on your property. A fire risk assessment should be carried out.

We will list out below some items that might help you: –

Carbon monoxide (commonly known as Co) is a colourless, odorless, tasteless poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels. These include gas, oil, wood, and coal. Carbon-based fuels are usually safe to use. When the fuel does not burn, they produce excess co2. This can be poisonous, and it is a killer. When co2 enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to the cells, tissues, and organs.

Unfortunately, you cannot see it, taste it or smell it but co2 can quickly kill without little warning. There are at least 50 people a year that die from co2 poisoning. This is caused by gas or solid fuel appliances. The flues may not be installed correctly. The flues need to be properly maintained as well. It may be that there is poor ventilation. Lower co2 levels do not cause immediate harm. They can cause serious harm to health if breathed in over a long period. However, in extreme cases, paralysis and brain damage can be caused as a result of prolonged exposure to co2. Please attached a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm explanatory booklet for landlords – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords

Do I need to take preventative measures?

You must take some form of preventative measures such as the following: –

Ensure that any work is carried out concerning gas appliances in your domestic premises. This must be undertaken by a gas safe registered engineer.

The gas appliances should be serviced regularly. The law is that these need to be carried out with a gas safety certificate and produced every year. Served on the tenants within 30 days and acknowledged by them (see our previous article on this). It is a landlord’s legal duty to carry out an annual gas safety and have the gas appliances maintained.

If you have a wood or coal burning stove fitted make sure that it is fitted by a HETAS installer. Make sure that the chimneys are swept at least twice a year. Make sure that there is enough fresh air in the room. Anything that contains your gas oiled solid fuel appliances for your chimney or flue must have good ventilation.

Make sure that none of your properties have paraffin heaters and cabinet heaters in them.

Is it worth considering putting in a co2 carbon monoxide alarm?

The Health and safety executive recommends it. It is a legal requirement for landlords. They must put an audible carbon monoxide alarm in. They are an important precaution for tenants if there is an escape of co2. You should ensure that any co2 alarm complies with British Standards EN50291. It must carry a British Approval mark such as a kitemark. They should be installed, checked, and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. Tenants can be at risk from co2 poisoning. When they are asleep be aware of the issue. Co2 sensors can let them know there are issues. These must be installed.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

There can be various early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. They can often mimic common ailments. 

They can be confused with food poisoning. Viral inspections. Flu or simple tiredness for example: –

  • Headaches
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Tiredness
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Pains in the chest
  • Stomach pains
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Visual problems

 

How would I know if my tenant is at risk from carbon monoxide?

Although carbon monoxide is colourless, odorless, and tasteless. There can be signs that indicate incomplete combustion. This can be recurring such as yellow or orange flames rather than blue. Soot or yellow-brown staining around appliances. Pilot lights are frequently blow out. Increased condensation inside windows.

How do I purchase a co2 alarm?

Most alarms can be purchased from reputable contractors and currently last between 7 and 10 years. Some co2 alarms do not warn when they reach the end of their life. Which means that they might not function or give the impression of protection. You must make a note of these. We would suggest that Kiddle or Fire/Angel co2 alarms have a sensor life for 10 years and a 10-year guarantee. The kiddle sensor alarm also gives a warning when they are in their useful life.

Fire extinguishers

Not all fire extinguishers are the same. They are all different and have different effects depending on the fire. Buying a fire extinguisher is important. Look carefully at what type of fire it could be used on.

Five types of extinguisher used: –

  1. Water
  2. Foam
  3. Dry powder (ABC rated)
  4. Carbon dioxide (co2) and dry water mist

There also are some smaller wet chemical fire extinguishers. 

What are the differences and the strengths and weaknesses of each fire extinguisher?

Water fire extinguishers

These are good for tackling fires including burning paper, wood, and soft furnishing. The water soaks into the materials. It cools them whilst extinguishing the fire. It does not contain any form of harmful chemicals but has a very low firefighting rating. They are normally quite large and heavy to overcome so they do have a lack of firefighting power. Remember the water is an electrolyte and conducts electricity. You must be careful when using these. There may be accidents when they are exposed to power cables. They are free of harm or substances. Water fire extinguishers are especially suitable for households where children have access to an extinguisher. Moreover, it reduces accidental discharge.

Foam fire extinguishers

These types of extinguishers have a smothering film of foam over the fire. It starves it of oxygen and puts it out. The foam penetrates porous materials and cools the fire through evaporation of the water content of the foam. It creates a type of foam carpet on burning liquids like petrol. Suitable for liquids and areas where the main fibers of soft furnishings. It may be used where carpets might be liquefied under the intense heat. Used for electrical equipment as well.

Co2 (carbon dioxide) fire extinguishers

These are pressurized co2 gas and thus leave no residue. The type of extinguisher is suitable for fires including burning liquids. It is also a good solution for dealing with computer equipment. It can deal with electrical appliances. They do not cause damage to electrical items. When using these there is a possibility once smoothing the gas has floated away the fire might re-ignite. This depends on whether the materials are extremely hot or not. It can cause your fingers to freeze to the horn during the deployment of an extinguisher. It is extremely important on how you use them to use the guidelines on the equipment itself. They are not suitable for deep fat fryers.

Powder fire extinguishers

Powder fire extinguishers are suitable for firefighting any form of class A, B, and C fires. A, B, and C fires. These are A. Suitable for paper, wood, and textiles, B. Suitable for thermal liquids, C. Finally, suitable for flammable glasses. The powder does not smoke into materials and does not have a good effect on the cooling of the fire. This can always result in re-igniting. Care must be taken when using such extinguishers to ensure that you do not inhale the powder. They are small and should not be used in confined spaces. These are not allowed in offices. If you do have them in accommodation they now need to be removed.

Water mist extinguishers

Dry water mist extinguishers discharge a jet of mist which wets and cools the surface of the burning item. They are fine mist and partly evaporate when close to a burning surface. It expands because of steam expelling oxygen from the area. Therefore, this starves the fire of oxygen. The water droplets are very light. They do not sink below the surface of the hot burning liquids. Thus, avoiding the explosion reaction of ordinary water extinguishers. They are used where oil is burning or fat. The water mist is safe for fat fryers.

Wet chemical fire extinguishers

Designed for kitchen fires. Usually, involving burning oil and deep fat fryers. The extinguishers come with special long application arms. This allows you to safely layout a cooling layer of foam on top of the burning oil.

Things to consider when tackling a fire?

  • Firstly, don’t attempt to use a fire extinguisher on a fire unless you feel it is safe to do so
  • Secondly, position yourself where you can to get it quickly like the hall
  • Thirdly, buy extinguishers that you can carry easily
  • Don’t position the extinguisher over the heat to fire but do fix them to a wall
  • Lastly, make sure that you have a fire risk assessment carried out. Additionally, please see the previous article relating to this specifically – https://harringtonslettings.co.uk/fire-risk-assessments/
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Cat Westmacott
Cat Westmacott
17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
Kirsty Turner
Kirsty Turner
20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
Shadan B
23:31 30 May 24
Great experience, very helpful staff and friendly. I wish you all the success. Thanks for your care. 💐😊
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
21:13 30 May 24
Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
Charley Besant
Charley Besant
10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
Ainhoa Negro
Ainhoa Negro
09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
PRBL1
PRBL1
09:11 30 May 24
Joel Starcross
Joel Starcross
15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
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
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
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!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
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!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
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
Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
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.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
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.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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