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Fire safety considerations

The actual steps you will need to take should be identified by the fire risk assessment – however, some important considerations apply to most premises.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is unable to complete a fire risk assessment for you, although we can offer guidance and best practice advice on how to meet the requirements of the Fire Safety Order. You may consider employing the services of a competent fire safety professional to carry out an assessment and provide a report – this should ideally be carried out before taking in residents, and before starting any building work.

Landlords who own or manage blocks of flats

Given that most fires occur in domestic dwellings, it has been recognised that a block of flats as a building containing many such dwellings has the potential for a higher risk to people should a fire break out.

Accordingly, fire safety standards have been developed to address this risk and seek to afford the same level of safety found in houses to those living in blocks of flats.

Additional information for fire safety in flats can be viewed by following this link: Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats.

Legislation requires that landlords carry out fire risk assessments in all common areas of properties. This process will identify any fire hazards and who is at risk, and decide if anything can be done to minimise or remove that risk.

At the very least, you should ensure that there is an adequate means of escape in case of fire, and landlords of shared properties and houses in multiple occupation (HMO) will have additional obligations, both under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Housing Act 2004.

Landlords of private single properties (dwellings)

People who live in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire. If you rent out private accommodation, you as a landlord will have to meet certain safety obligations under the law. This includes making sure all gas and electrical appliances you provide are safe to use and in good working order.

The most important action a landlord can take is to provide a working smoke detector on each level of your property. Although you are not currently legally obliged to fit smoke detectors to your single dwelling properties, it is seen as best practice to do so and also shows your residents that you take fire safety seriously.

You must also consider the following:

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