Student Fire Safety Awareness Week 2017
Students who have just moved into university halls-of-residence and shared accommodation buildings are being urged to go through a simple fire safety checklist.
The campaign is being driven by firefighters and community safety staff at Fire and Rescue Services across the country.
Simple tips for keeping safe from fire in student accommodation are:
- Fit smoke alarms on each floor of the property and test them weekly
- Ask the fire and rescue service covering the area you live in to carry out a free safety check and fit free smoke alarms
- Don’t attempt to cook while under the influence of alcohol, and don’t leave cooking unattended – order a takeaway or eat a sandwich or cereal
- Keep the cooker clean – most fires in student properties are linked to cooking
- Tins and foil cause fires in microwaves – so leave them out
- Take extra care with cigarettes and smoking materials and never smoke in bed
- When a cigarette is finished, put it out – right out!
- Switch off and unplug electrical appliances such as chargers and hair straighteners when not in use, and don’t overload plug sockets.
- Use the Electrical Safety First socket overload calculator to see what can safely be plugged into a 13-amp adaptor.
- Don’t leave laptops, e-cigarettes, phones and other items on charge unattended or overnight
- Never leave candles or tea lights unattended, and make sure they are put in safe holders
- Check furniture has the permanent fire-resistant label (usually sewn or stapled into a hidden part of the furniture)
- Practise an escape route with your housemates
- If a fire starts, get out, stay out and dial 999
Your university or college has a person responsible for fire safety. If you spot a fire risk or have any concerns then you should speak to them.
Smoke alarms in rented accommodation
Smoke alarms save lives – make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home.
New safety laws came into force in 2015 making it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms on every floor of rented homes, as well as offering protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.
Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy. And there are potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.
Tenants are required to check the alarms are in working order and notify the landlord if they identify any problems.
Timmins Group are Firas accredited to carry out surveys, to maintain and to install timber fire door systems and to certificate on completion. This is particularly important as we work in education, local and civil government and office environments which are required to carry out regular fire door maintenance.
Timmins Group are BMTRADA approved to carry out passive fire protection and are members of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection, we can carry out surveys and installations to make sure your buildings are compliant with legislation regarding breaches to floors, walls and ceilings caused by data, heating & plumbing and M&E installation.