Are you safely equipped to deal with home safety?
Sep 9, 2016, 14:12 PM
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Earlier this year, TrustMark announced it had partnered with CFOA BlueWatch, the UK’s leading home safety scheme, to improve and promote home safety for domestic and commercial properties. Having previously helped set up BlueWatch before starting here at TrustMark 2 years ago, I have a strong passion for this industry and think everyone needs to be made aware of the importance of home safety.
We don’t usually worry about things we consider to be ‘remote possibilities’, but when it comes to safety in your home, the motivation really should be obvious. Sadly, there are over 15,000 accidents related to house fires alone each year, of which roughly 300 people die from. These kind of incidents can be so easily avoided, with just a few home safety checks.
And it’s not just about your physical well-being. Recently, a landlord in Newport was taken to court over failure to comply with fire safety requirements. He was found to be in breach of the law, and was ordered to pay £13,000 for having inadequate safety provisions in two properties. If you are a landlord and are not sure if you are complying the safety regulations, it is always better to check to avoid any nasty surprises, and of course making every provision to ensure that you are protecting the health of your tenants.
Whilst this may seem like I’m painting a dark picture here, it certainly has very real implications. There are so many avenues out there for seeking advice and guidance to ensure you are compliant with home safety rules and regulations, so I’d recommend reading around the subject, and selecting a variety of sources to ensure the advice you’re being given is relevant to you and your property.
Perhaps you’ve recently moved into a new property, with little to no understanding of its background, or you yourself are a landlord looking to comply with the relevant legislation. Whatever the situation may be, there are some general rules that apply for everyone.
My top tips for anyone new at home safety would be:
- Install a smoke detector, and doing regular checks to ensure it is working effectively
- Plan your escape route in the event that a fire should occur, and practising it with every member of your household
- Install a maintained and audible Carbon Monoxide alarm
- Ensure any wires and electrical leads are neatly tucked away
If you fancy learning a bit more about home safety, and everything we offer to help you carry out the checks suitable for you, you can come and chat to us at Stand R18 at the Emergency Services Show in the NEC, Birmingham on 21st & 22nd September, where we will be in the home safety zone with BlueWatch. Alternatively, you can find out more on our website: https://www.trustmark.org.uk/ourservices/cfoa-blue-watch