Last year it became mandatory for landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors in all rented properties. The law states that smoke alarms should be installed on each floor or landlords could face a £5,000 fine. The rules also state that checks should be made to ensure the alarms are in good working order in either new tenancy properties or renewals.
If you are the landlord of a property that experiences a fire, a smoke alarm could allow your tenants the time to make a lifesaving exit. However fire smoke spreads fast and it could still cause significant damage.
Simple Fire Prevention Tips
- When cooking on the hob, never leave it unattended, make sure you stay in the kitchen whilst cooking.
- Ensure that candles are a safe distance away from flammable materials to avoid anything catching fire.
- Have a clean-up! A build-up of flammable rubbish such as newspapers, boxes or clothes can be a fire hazard.
- If you have a fireplace it is important that it is regularly cleaned and that any flammable items are kept clear of surrounding areas.
- Ensure that no plugs are overloaded as too much power can cause the fuse to blow.
- Turn off any portable heaters when you leave the room and when you are going to sleep.
- Prepare a personalised fire plan for your property and make sure all family members are aware of this.
In the event of fire damage to your property, call our claims team on 01924 871111.
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