Is your student house safe? New fire and carbon monoxide safety scheme launched
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Landlords can now join a register set up by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) to make their rental property safer from fire and carbon monoxide risks – and students are being encouraged to check whether their property is up to standard. Research carried out among 1,500 landlords and 1,600 renters across the UK has found that one in five (21%) landlords never worry about making sure their tenants are safe, yet nearly one in 10 (8%) renters - the equivalent of around 17.3 million renters in England – claim they’ve had a gas leak or fire incident in their home. Clearly these are worrying statistics, and the risks could be higher for students – if only living in a house for a short amount of time you might be less inclined to push for full safety checks. To help reduce the number of incidents in rental homes and to make it easier for landlords to comply with their legal responsibilities, the Blue Watch scheme has been set up to provide advice, support and products. Blue Watch will first launch in West Yorkshire, Humberside, Merseyside and Hampshire and will allow landlords to have their properties checked by their local fire service or trusted partner and validated to confirm that it’s a safer place for tenants to live. Requirements include fitting carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms, emergency lighting and other safety equipment, all of which are essential but possibly overlooked by renters – especially students. Once validated the property is endorsed by the Blue Watch logo – the sign of a safer property. If you’re still looking for somewhere to live, you will be able to choose properties in certain areas that are validated by the Blue Watch scheme. Find out more information here. Watch the video to find out how the scheme will run.