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Propertymark supports Fire Kills campaign

Wednesday 05 February 2020

Propertymark is partnering with the UK Government’s fire safety campaign to spread the message of everyday fire hazards and urge agents and landlords to ensure smoke alarms are installed on every floor of their properties.

The Fire Kills campaign has returned to highlight the everyday accidents that can cause a fire in homes including information on fire safety for agents and landlords on fire safety in shared or rented accommodation.

As a landlord or letting agent acting on behalf of a landlord you are legally required to install smoke alarms on every floor of a property you let as living accommodation. While the majority (90 per cent) of homes now have at least one working smoke alarm, 23 per cent of people say they never test them.

Home Office analysis has found you are around eight times more likely to die in a fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm in your home. Existing research also indicates that some people are more at risk of fire than others, such as older people and people with disabilities.

The campaign also highlights candles, cigarettes, portable heaters and overloaded extension leads as causes which can lead to fires in any room of a home.

Other Home Office analysis of fires has also found that most accidental fires start with cooking appliances (48 per cent), for example, by something flammable being left too close to the cooker, such as a tea towel.

Propertymark believes it’s essential for people to be aware of fire risks in their homes and would encourage agents to do the same in order to better inform and help people put appropriate measures in place to keep themselves and others safe.

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It’s easy to make mistakes. Being alert to hazards after a long day at work, or with distractions at home is never easy.

This is why this campaign is so important – it reminds us of how we can prevent the unthinkable.

At the very least, if you do nothing else, please buy smoke alarms for your home so you and yours can sleep easy.

Kit Malthouse, Minister for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service

For more information on how you can spread the word and find out more about fire safety in your property, visit the Government’s Fire Kills website below.

Fire kills website

PROPERTYMARK CONSUMER INFORMATION

Propertymark aims to protect and guide consumers helping them get to grips with what’s expected regarding landlord safety responsibilities and we have outlined the main safety concerns and legal obligations in our guide:

Landlord Safety Responsibilities Guide

PROPERTYMARK MEMBER RESOURCES

To help understand your safety responsibilities, ARLA Propertymark members can login to the members area and refer to our range of fact sheets on:

  • Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Legal Responsibilities for Gas Safety
  • Gas Regulations – Danger Do Not Use Notices
  • Fitting Carbon Monoxide Detectors

All our fact sheets are an exclusive member benefit.

Fact sheets

Propertymark also has a range of online and face-to-face courses covering topics across the industry including a Health and Safety foundation course.

All training courses