My new job: self-taught fire safety ex­pert

Vic­to­ria Whit­lock found of­fi­cial ad­vice on pro­tect­ing her ten­ants so con­fus­ing, she did her own risk as­sess­ment us­ing the in­ter­net

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ac­com­pa­ny­ing guide, did it my­self. As a re­sult, I’ve de­cided to err on the side of cau­tion and in­stall in­ter­con­nected mains-op­er­ated alarms. I am also go­ing to in­stall a mains-op­er­ated heat alarm in the kitchen, which will be con­nected to the smoke alarms. In to­tal, this will cost about £600.

I prob­a­bly ought to pro­vide a fire blan­ket for the kitchen, which I can get for less than £5 from my lo­cal hard­ware store. I’d been won­der­ing if I should get a fire ex­tin­guisher, too, but af­ter read­ing the of­fi­cial guid­ance I think this might do more harm than good. Far bet­ter, I think, to tell ten­ants to evac­u­ate rather than try to fight a fire. I cer­tainly wouldn’t trust any of those ditsy stu­dents to use an ex­tin­guisher ef­fec­tively. I had also con­sid­ered fit­ting a self-clos­ing arm to the kitchen door to try to pre­vent a fire spread­ing to the rest of the flat, but ap­par­ently these can make a door hard to open, trap­ping some­one in­side a blaz­ing room.

Dur­ing my as­sess­ment I spot­ted that a cou­ple of the ten­ants had ex­ten­sion leads plugged into other ex­ten­sion leads, which they had loaded with mul­ti­ple plugs for things such as hairdry­ers, curl­ing tongs and lap­tops, all of which they had left on standby. I emailed them all warn­ing them this was a haz­ard and asked them only to use one ex­ten­sion lead at a time and to turn off ap­pli­ances when not in use. They will ig­nore me, but I can only do my best.

I just hope that all this is enough and that at least now I am com­ply­ing with all the law.

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