Fire Safety and Owner Obligation

Fire Safety


Fire Safety – Owner obligations

At the point of joining Lakelovers we ask you to complete a Fire risk assessment. The template that we sent you covered all that you need to consider to ensure your property is safe for guests. It is your responsibility to conduct the risk assessment. For extra reassurance you can employ someone to carry out the assessment for you.

The guide below provides you with best practice guidance to give you confidence and peace of mind that your property complies with any legal and insurance obligations.

Your holiday property still comes under the 2005 Regulatory Reform act. Therefore you still need to action a Fire Risk Assessment & review the need for certain safety provisions being; key-less exit, safety light, Fire Extinguisher, and of course the periodic maintenance & testing of your property along with provision of detection.

Fire is a potentially serious risk to both life and property. As a holiday property owner you have a legal responsibility to take steps to protect guests and other people using your premises from the risk of fire. The starting point for meeting your obligations begins with a fire risk assessment.

Lakelovers have been working with local expert, John Hunt, owner of Kendal based fire safety business Let-Protect, and he explains what the requirements are and how to satisfy them:

1. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 has been in force since 1 April 2006 and is overseen in the Lake District by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, who may potentially carry out a compliance inspection of your property. The order requires you to carry out a “suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions.” Significant findings are those measures you have in place to manage any risks you have identified, or those you intend to implement. This could be as simple as improving fire safety signs and advice on exiting the property in the event of a fire, or identifying the need for improved detection equipment and replacing potentially dangerous appliances.

2. Once the assessment has been carried out, you must act on any significant findings and carry out a periodic review. There is no set interval for the review, but legal precedent has suggested that every 12 months is reasonable. You must also action a review whenever you make major changes to your property. Having a record of previous assessments will help prompt and guide you with subsequent ones.

3. Let-protect provides a range of services to help you protect your property and guests while meeting your obligations. If this is something on your ‘to do’ list or something you now think is worth checking up on, Let-Protect is an ideal place for help / advice and fulfillment of requirements. Further information can be found on their website or contact [email protected].