As the weather turns cooler in Newport, Wales, and we begin to rely more on heating appliances, it’s essential to keep fire safety at the forefront of our minds. In this blog, we’ll highlight key measures that landlords and contract holders can take to create a safe living environment.
Maintain Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are the first line of defence against fires. Regularly check and replace back up batteries to ensure they are functioning correctly. Test them monthly to guarantee that they can alert occupants to potential hazards in a timely manner.
Safe Use of Heating Appliances
As temperatures drop, heating appliances become essential. If your rental property has a fireplace or space heaters, ensure they are properly maintained and ventilated. Keep flammable items like curtains, paper, and furniture away from heaters and radiators to prevent potential fire risks.
For properties with chimneys, having them professionally cleaned before using them during the autumn is important. Creosote buildup can pose a fire hazard, so scheduling regular maintenance can help prevent potential chimney fires.
With heaters and additional lighting being used more frequently, be cautious not to overload electrical outlets or use damaged cords. Regularly check for frayed wires, and encourage contract holders to report any electrical issues promptly to prevent potential fire hazards.
Fire Escape Plan
Ensure that all occupants know the evacuation routes and designated meeting points. Post the escape plan prominently in common areas to ensure everyone is familiar with the procedure.
Having accessible and functional fire extinguishers in key areas of the property is crucial. Make sure contract holders know the locations of fire extinguishers and how to use them safely. Regularly inspect and maintain extinguishers to ensure they are in working order.
Contract Holder Education
As a letting agent, we encourage landlords to provide contract holders with fire safety information upon move-in. This could include guidelines on safe heating practices, the importance of not blocking exits, and the significance of reporting any potential fire hazards promptly.
Regular property inspections provide an opportunity to identify and address potential fire hazards. Inspect heating systems, electrical outlets, and other fire-prone areas to ensure everything is in proper working condition.
Prioritising fire safety during the autumn months is a collective responsibility that benefits everyone involved in the rental process. We encourage proactive fire safety measures to ensure a safe and comfortable autumn season in Newport.