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Fire Safety Regulations for Holiday Homes in England

New Fire Safety Regulations for Holiday Homes in England came into force on the 1st October 2023.

Fire safety is paramount when it comes to holiday letting in the UK. With the government’s forthcoming fire safety regulations for holiday homes in England, being up to date is crucial. We’ve compiled essential insights to ensure a smooth transition.

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Changes Effective from October 1st

Starting October 1st, a new dimension to fire safety law comes into play. Full-length, written fire risk assessments will become mandatory for all properties. This move is aimed at enhancing safety measures for both properties and guests.

The government’s new guidance targets properties falling under ‘small paying guest accommodation,’ this is defined as:

‘A single premises of ground floor, or ground and first floor, providing sleeping accommodation for a maximum of 10 persons, with no more than four bedrooms on the first floor…’

OR

‘Individual flats (whether within a purpose-built block of flats or a house that has been converted into flats), other than unusually large flats.’

Here’s a breakdown of key points from the fire safety guidance for your clarity:

Fire Risk Assessment (FRA):

A legal necessity, an FRA should be carried out and documented. It’s recommended to have this conducted by professionals who are well-versed in the current legislation.

Commission and Placement of Appropriate Fire Extinguishers in Properties:

Part of this responsibility involves commissioning and strategically placing suitable fire extinguishers within the property. This practice significantly contributes to a secure environment for all occupants.

Emergency Escape Lighting:

Required in bedrooms and along escape routes, emergency lighting ensures safe evacuation.

Protected Escape Routes:

These must have fire doors with 30-minute fire protection or an equivalent adaptation.

Linked Smoke Detectors:

All holiday lets require fire alarm systems which incorporate detection in bedrooms, hallways, landings and high risk areas such as kitchens and utility rooms. All areas including protected escape routes must have linked, hard-wired smoke detectors and smoke alarms.

Hot Water and Heating Systems:

Annual inspection of these systems, including renewable energy-powered ones, is now mandatory.

Thumb Turn Locks:

Strongly recommended on exit doors to facilitate easy egress.

EICR (Fixed Wiring Check):

Required every 5 years, even for small unique hideaways and glamping properties.

Chimney Flue Sweeping:

An annual necessity for chimney maintenance.

Regular Safety Checks:

Fire safety equipment and exit routes must be inspected with each change of occupancy and weekly, with results recorded.

Candle Policy:

Implement a clear policy regarding the use of candles by guests.

These regulations are a commitment to safety and a reminder that preparedness is key. Ensure compliance to safeguard your guests and property effectively.

Navigating the new regulations might seem complex. That’s where we come in. Our experts are well-versed in the changes and will conduct professional fire risk assessments. Trust the professionals and keep your guests safe.

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Stay ahead, stay safe.

At DBC Solutions LTD, we’re here to guide you through the intricacies of fire safety regulations with simple and practical advice, ensuring your holiday home remains a secure haven for guests.

We are your one stop shop for a safe environment.