Date Published 01 January 2015

Do your tenants know the plan if a fire were to break out at your property!

A number of fire services are currently running campaigns to help improve awareness of fire safety for both residents and landlords of flats, high rise buildings and houses of multiple occupation (HMOs).

They are highlighting the necessity of having a fire escape plan – that they will help landlords create – and ensuring that people know what to do if there is a fire inside their home or elsewhere in the building and who to ask for advice.

Last year, London Fire Brigade launched Know The Plan, a 12-month campaign aimed at making sure landlords and housing providers adhere to fire safety regulations and ensuring that people living flats and maisonettes in purpose-built blocks have a clear understanding of what to do in the case of a fire.

To get the message across, the informative website LINK contains information, safety videos and downloads for tenants and landlords.

London fire commissioner Ron Dobson said, 'Living in a flat is no more dangerous than living in a house, but it's important to know that your fire plan should be different.'

The chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority James Cleverly said: "Landlords and housing providers with legal responsibilities for flats and maisonettes in purpose-built blocks need to act to ensure their residents are safe and understand what to do in a fire."