RICS fire safety guide

RICS fire safety guide

14:54 PM, 2nd October 2019, About 3 years ago 4

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RICS have published a clear and impartial fire safety guide to highlight the responsibilities of landlords and tenants in keeping properties safe regardless of the type of home they live in.

  • RICS releases guide clearly explaining landlords and tenants’ fire safety responsibilities.
  • RICS believes a basic understanding of fire safety for all can reduce number of fire-related fatalities.
  • The short, easy-to-follow guide covers houses, apartments, flats and maisonettes for both landlords and the general public.

Download RICS fire safety guidance: Clear guide to Fire Safety (0.51MB)

According to figures obtained by RICS, there are still a significant number of deaths and injuries each year from fires in residential properties. Following recent devastating fires across the UK in these types of properties, RICS have released the guide of clear and independent simple safety procedures.

Written with homeowners and residential tenants in mind, the guidance offers basic, comprehensible advice. RICS believes having a basic understanding of fire safety is of the utmost importance for all, and the professional body have commissioned the guide to spread awareness of good fire safety practice.

The guide has been written by RICS Chartered Building Surveyors and a multi-discipline advisory group who work within the complex area of fire safety design and regulation daily. It aims to assist in making homes as safe as possible by understanding risks as well as looking at ways to minimise and manage fire safety measures.

Highlighting and differentiating the responsibilities of both the occupier and the landlord when it comes to fire safety, the guide contains specific advice for owner-occupied properties on fire detection, extinguishing and accessibility and special needs assistance. For rented or shared accommodation, guidance includes landlord obligations with appliance, furniture and alarm compliance to inform where responsibility lies in these properties.

Gary Strong, RICS Director of Practice Standards and Technical Guidance, said:

“Never has fire safety been in the public domain so much as it is now. With recent fires in residential property, there is an urgent need for the public, landlords and residents to be aware of what can cause fires and the measures they should take to stay safe. RICS is acting in the public interest in publishing this guide, which we hope will be of benefit widely.”

Covering houses, apartments, flats and maisonettes, RICS’ fire safety guide explains how one of the most fundamental fire precautions to take is to plan and memorise escape routes no matter where you are. It also contains guidance for multi-occupancy buildings with a ‘stay-put’ policy, which can be variable depending on the building.

RICS highlights the importance of acting quickly and safely in the event of a fire in the home, with tips and guidance on how to do so. This includes safety points for smokers to follow in the home, including e-cigarette and vaping advice.

The guide also contains safety measures to prevent fires caused by candles, electricity, circuit overloads and furniture. RICS advises occupants to become accustomed to the regulations and know where the responsibility lies when it comes to fire safety.

Download RICS fire safety guidance: Clear guide to Fire Safety (0.51MB)


Rob Crawford

20:53 PM, 2nd October 2019, About 3 years ago

Any guidance on fire safety is well received, however, I see this as a top level basic guide rather than one that is claimed as being "clear and precise". Good reading for a new landlord prior to reading the more definitive and detailed guidance provided by Lacors. I note that Lacors does not even get a mention!

Laura Delow

8:13 AM, 4th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Link to Fire Safety Guide doesn't work & comes up with following message:-
This http://www.rics.org page can’t be found
No webpage was found for the web address: https://www.rics.org/globalassets/rics-website/media/news/clear-guide-to-fire-safety-rics.pdf

Jo Ramkissoon

8:37 AM, 4th October 2019, About 3 years ago

This link works;

or just google the guide and it takes you to the RICS page, where you can access the guide. 🙂

Paul landlord

18:14 PM, 4th October 2019, About 3 years ago

I notice there are errors in the guide.

1) its states that CO detectors are required where there are gas appliances. In England the requirement is detectors are required only where solid fuel appliances are provided. I feel its good practice for CO detectors for gas appliances and have always confused why the 2015 legislation was the way it was. But the fact remains they are in error nonetheless .

2) it says an 'electrical safety certificate" must be done every 5 years and then given to the tenant. As yet there is no requirement for what I assume they mean is the EICR (tho we know its in the post), and there is certainly no obligation to give it to the tenant. BS7671 (wiring regs) state an EICR is to be provided to the person commissioning the report. This will probably all change in the future but again we need correct facts at any given time.

I am a self employed registered electrician as well as a landlord so its my business to know the facts at any given time- and since 2015 the wiring regs have been red hot on fire safety. And in my opinion quite rightly so

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