Home Office releases new "Fire Kills" campaign
The Home Office has released a hard-hitting video as part of its Fire Kills campaign, which will run across England on television, radio and online.
The video highlights the everyday accidents that can cause fires in the home and cleverly illustrates how easily fires can become out of control, with potentially fatal consequences, when smoke alarms aren’t in use. Watch the video in full here.
According to the latest Home Office analysis of fires, most accidental fires start with cooking appliances (48 per cent), usually by a grill or chip pan catching fire or something flammable being left too close to the cooker, such as a tea towel.
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. It is recommended that a fire alarm is fitted on every level of your home and tested monthly. For privately rented homes it is a legal requirement that each floor comprising living accommodation has a working alarm.
The NLA is supporting this campaign as landlords play an important role in ensuring let properties are safe for occupation.
Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice at the National Landlords Association (NLA), says:
“A landlord’s number one priority must be to provide homes which are safe and fit for purpose. A rented home without a working smoke alarm is simply not fit for purpose.
“Fire safety is of the utmost importance for all homes, and landlords can play an important part in reducing the risk of incidents. This includes carrying out regular first safety risk assessments and making sure that smoke or heat alarms are fitted and tested as required by the Smoke and Carbone Monoxide (England) regulations 2015.
“Landlords must comply with the law as a minimum but the NLA also encourages anyone letting property to encourage their tenants to regularly test the alarms in their homes and to report any issues as soon as they become apparent.
“Following these simple steps prevents injury and save lives.“
For more information on fire safety obligations, and how to carry out a thorough fire safety risk assessment, download a copy of the NLA’s fire safety log book from https://landlords.org.uk/firesafety
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