Pashley Fisher Fire
Pashley Fisher Fire


Advice for landlords

If you are letting a property you want the peace of mind of knowing that all necessary safety checks and measures are in place. You want to make sure that you are fully compliant with the legislation, but also will be keen to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your tenants.

So it’s important for both tenants and property owners to know that Landlords have particular fire safety responsibilities in law and to take expert professional advice on the completion of a Fire Risk Assessment.

A landlord must:

  • follow safety regulations

  • provide a smoke alarm on each storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (for example a coal fire or wood burning stove)

  • ensure safe access to escape routes at all times

  • make sure the furniture and furnishings supplied are fire safe

You should also be careful to keep records of Gas safe checks and electrical testing, and make sure that your Fire Risk Assessment covers common parts in shared buildings (like stairwells and shared exits).

If the property is let to 3 or more people who are living as separate households then the regulations relating to houses in multi occupation also apply. Specifically these require the provision of fire alarms and extinguishers.

If you’d like practical in person advice about how to make your rental property fire safe do get in touch. We can help with the completion of annual Fire Risk Assessments, offer advice on conversations or assistance with planning applications.

Clair Fisher
5 Top Tips for Fire Safety
  1. Fire Exits

    Fire Exits should be kept CLEAR - and not just clear, check that they work, that they open, that you can get through them and out into a safe place when you need to. Check that the path through them is not blocked with furniture or other obstacles.

    I have seen fire exits that are kept locked and even one time a fire exit that had been boarded over on the other side!

    If a fire exit doesn’t get you out of the building into a place of ‘ultimate safety’ it’s no use in an emergency!

  2. Storage

    Clutter is the enemy of good fire safety.

    Fire needs fuel to burn, and often in offices and business I see piles of ‘stuff’ kept under staircases or in corridors. This is just a potential hazard that will make otherwise safe exit routes potentially lethal in the event of fire.

    Also think carefully about your outside bins and if they are secure and kept away from the building to help keep your business safe from arson.

  3. Signage & Lighting

    Fire exit routes should be marked with the ‘running man’ signs - check that the directional arrows are pointing the right way and lead you through a sensible exit. I’ve seen signs that direct people into locked rooms, into basements and down dead-ends. All potentially fatal in the event of real fire emergency.

    Every final fire exit should also have a break glass call point and a ‘fire action notice’ sign; make sure this has been filled out with all the relevant information (it’s very common to see them left blank!).

    Think about how people would navigate the fire exit route in the dark - at night or if the power fails - and consider emergency lighting.

  4. Compartmentation

    This is the Fire Safety jargon for making sure that if a fire starts in one part of the building it can be contained long enough for people to safely escape.

    Different parts of the building should be separated, or compartmentalised. Breaches in compartmentation cause smoke and fire to spread quickly through a property and prevent safe evacuation.

    Common causes are where plumbing or electrical work has been carried out and fitted vertically through a building leaving gaps around the pipes or wires.

    Fire doors that have been fitted with auto-closers but that are wedged open can cause similar problems; allowing fire to spread quickly through parts of a property that should be safely separated.

  5. Training

    Until you’ve been in a fire or real emergency situation it’s very hard to appreciate just how frightening an disorienting an experience it can be. That’s why it’s so important that your staff are well trained, know how to respond in an emergency and how to keep members of the public safe.

    Fire warden training that includes exposure to live fires and includes practice of practical skills is the best way to ensure that they have the skills and confidence to respond effectively.

    For managers who have the responsibility in law to comply with all relevant fire safety legislation, and may well be held accountable for the consequences of any breaches, training can help them understand how to keep their building safe and keep effective records.

Clair Fisher
Keeping it REAL

I love delivering fire warden training; especially the practical sessions. Some of our delegates don’t realise that they’re going to have to leave the comfort of the classroom and come face-to-face with a real fire!

For those who are brave enough to pick up an extinguisher they are often surprised by how heavy the equipment is. But after my famous no-nonsense instruction: “Just point the wet stuff at the orange stuff!” delegates are impressed to find they can manage to safely extinguish a fire. They leave, not just with knowledge, but potentially life saving skills and confidence.

Training that really makes a difference.

Are you confident that the fire wardens in your organisation would know what to do in a REAL emergency? Get in touch and we can have a no-obligation chat about the kind of training that might be suitable.