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RICS Fire safety guide for property owners

Posted by Margarita on October 7, 2019

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) have recently published a clear and impartial Fire safety guide. It has valuable advice for landlords, tenants and homeowners. To download the full copy of the report click here.

Highlighting and differentiating the responsibilities of both the occupier and the landlord when it comes to fire safety, the guide contains specific advice for owner-occupied properties on fire detection, extinguishing and accessibility and special needs assistance. For rented or shared accommodation, guidance includes landlord obligations with appliance, furniture and alarm compliance to inform where responsibility lies in these properties.

RICS on fire safety

“The number of fire-related fatalities in the UK has been gradually decreasing over the past 40 years there are still a significant number of injuries and deaths each year from fires, with most occurring in single, two and three-storey buildings. Many of these injuries and deaths could be avoided by following some simple safety procedures.”

The Home Office’s fire statistics data tables show that in 1981/82 there were a total of 937 fire-related fatalities in the UK, while in 2017/18 this number was 395. Despite the gradual decline over this time, this still represents 395 deaths too many. In England alone, the number of fatalities in 2017/18 caused by accidental dwelling fires was 243.

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