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22nd April, 2018 - 21:11: At 21:11 this evening, we received a call to a Chimney fire with a tha...Read more

22nd April, 2018 - 20:49: Crews from Wimborne and Poole attend reports of a Domestic Fire in Cor...Read more

22nd April, 2018 - 17:40: One crew from Chippenham attend reports of a Chimney Fire in Colerne. ...Read more

22nd April, 2018 - 1.49pm: Calne - At 1349 a call was received from Police requesting our attenda...Read more

22nd April, 2018 - 11.11am: Poole - One crew from Poole mobilised to car fire - fire confirmed out...Read more

22nd April, 2018 - 10.31am: Kingsdown - Crews from Bath (2) and Corsham (1) were mobilised to a lo...Read more

22nd April, 2018 - 10.26am: Ferndown - One crew from Ferndown fire station was sent to a domestic ...Read more

22nd April, 2018 - 9.45am: Swindon - Numerous calls received reporting a vehicle fire between jun...Read more

21st April, 2018 - 7:39pm: At 19:39 DWFRS  fire control started receiving a number of calls to a ...Read more

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The law and HMO fire safety

Anyone who lets property to others is under a general duty in law to provide accommodation that is fit for purpose and safe. However, there is a body of legislation that relates specifically to fire safety in HMOs.

The Housing Act 2004 contains the powers which enable councils to take action where a range of housing hazards, including the risk of fire, occur. The Act also lays down the licensing requirements for larger HMOs.

The HMO Management Regulations place duties on the manager of an HMO to keep the fabric, fixtures and fittings in good order, ensure that occupiers are protected from injury, and supply and maintain gas, electricity and other services.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires any person with some level of control over an HMO (the ‘responsible person’) to:

The ‘responsible person’ can delegate the task to some other competent person (although the ‘responsible person’ retains the duty to meet its requirements).

It is essential that escape routes in HMOs are protected from fire, where necessary, and are kept clear of items of furniture, rubbish, clothes drying facilities, bicycles, trailing leads etc. Nothing should be allowed to accumulate in the escape route that would hinder the safe evacuation of residents and visitors in the event of a fire.

Stairs, handrails and floor coverings must be maintained in a good, serviceable and safe condition at all times. You should keep your residents and visitors informed, and provide signs detailing actions to be taken in the event of a fire. You should ensure that your residents and visitors know how to react, and that they know where their nearest fire assembly point is located.

Consideration must be given where non or limited English speaking residents are housed, to ensure that they can understand any instructions provided, e.g. a landlord renting out their entire building to migrant workers should not provide all emergency instructions solely in English.

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