If you own and let residential or commercial property, managing fire risk is one of your major responsibilities as a landlord.
With the recent Grenfell Tower fire all over the news, it’s more important than ever to protect your property and its users.
In this blog, we will dispel some of the myths around fire risk management and raise awareness of landlord responsibilities.
Myth: Anyone can easily complete a fire risk assessment.
Fact: Any landlord can in theory carry out a fire risk assessment, but it’s not advisable.
There are templates available on the Internet, but they’re no substitute for experts. Often these templates only direct the assessor to a handful of points in the property, but a substantial risk assessment for a building usually requires many more criteria than that.
Myth: I’m not responsible for installing smoke alarms. The tenants should do that.
Fact: Fire risk assessment is about more than just making sure there is a safe escape route. Since 2015 private landlords have indeed been responsible for putting up smoke alarms on each floor of the property, and in the same year they became responsible for putting carbon monoxide alarms in every room containing an appliance which burns solid fuel.
Myth: I don’t have to carry out a fire risk assessment on my property.
Fact: According to legislation, all landlords must carry out a fire risk assessment which is “suitable and sufficient” and which protects “relevant people” like tenants or staff members.
There is no precise legal definition of what constitutes “suitable and sufficient”, but a fire risk assessment which systematically pinpoints and removes fire risks is a good start. Minimising the chances and potential spread of a blaze and ensuring that those who use the building can be alerted and escape is the overall aim.
Turning to a professional fire risk management company such as Contrast Surveys is a prudent move for you as a landlord. We can bring our years of experience and expertise to your property and provide you with peace of mind. Get in touch with us today to find out more.