As part of an ongoing drive to support the development of home safety both in the UK and abroad, TrustMark has partnered with CFOA BlueWatch, the Chief Fire Officers home safety scheme to promote the assessment and logging of safety features found in both private and rented homes.
How does Blue Watch work?
BlueWatch is a home safety scheme created by Fire Chiefs and supported by UK Fire and Rescue services. This scheme provides help and support to households - landlords, letting agents, tenants and homeowners to make their properties safer from hazards posed by electricity and gas, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, to name a few. The BlueWatch symbol is the sign of a safer property - measures are installed and working within the property.
Landlords, letting agents, homeowners and those who undertake work in the home can register and self-assess their property by completing a BlueWatch Safety checklist.
If you would like an expert to advise you, this can be arranged to ensure your responsibilities for keeping tenants and properties safe are being met. Costs for self assessments start from as little as £10 and safety visits from £99. Proceeds from fees support CFOA as a charity to maintain its work in home safety.
Why is it important?
Around 15,000 people in the UK are affected by fires and CO (Carbon Monoxide) poisoning every year, of which, sadly, over 300 people die. This could be prevented by taking a few simple steps. As well as helping homeowners and landlords to fit BlueWatch approved safety products correctly in their homes, we work closely with CFOA and the UK’s fire and rescue services to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of fire and CO poisoning.
Paul Fuller, CFOA President, said: “As a serving fire chief, I am proud of the work fire and rescue services across the UK have done to drive down death and injury, but more can always be done. Too many lives are still lost and injuries caused, which is why we have set up BlueWatch. Using our experience, knowledge and professionalism we will help landlords make their properties safer from the risks of fire and carbon monoxide."
BlueWatch recognizes that different local authorities will have variations in how they apply, and offers a number of different solutions to help all households meet the relevant standards for their properties.
To help you become compliant and ensure safer homes we have a number of services to support you:
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