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26th July, 2017 - 10.52pm: Verwood - A crew from Verwood were called to a vehicle on fire followi...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 9.40pm: Shaftesbury - A crew from Shaftesbury attended a small vehicle well al...Read more

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26th July, 2017 - 6.08pm: Bournemouth - A crew from Westbourne attended a small butane propane m...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 3:08pm: 2 crews from Poole went to Limbelost to a RTC car into a hedge with on...Read more

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26th July, 2017 - 07.29am: Crews from Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett extricated one female ...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 7:29am: Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett went to an RTC where a female pas...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 6.52am: Swindon - Shed fire in Cullerne Road, one hose reel used to extinguish...Read more

26th July, 2017 - 4.44am: Wingfield - Fire involving hay in a barn. Two hose reel jets, drags an...Read more

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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