Fire chiefs’ concerns over safety of Olympic rentals

Fire chiefs are concerned that Olympic renters will fall foul of fire saftey laws, putting lives of temporary visitors at risk.

With the Olympic Games only months away, fire brigades in Newham are taking action to make sure “casual landlords” looking to make a profit this summer comply with fire safety regulations.

London Fire Brigade have written to letting agents advertising “Olympic rooms”, asked companies to publish advice on websites, and contacted the council and other organisations that may deal with Olympic renters.

If anyone resides in a property during the Olympics - or any other time - it must comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 which compels homeowners to carry out a fire risk assessment and take action to address hazards; fit fire detection and warning systems in the home; and make sure there is an adequate escape route that guests know about.

Newham Borough Commander for London Fire Brigade Wayne Brown said: “We want everyone visiting London to have a safe and enjoyable Olympics and that includes not becoming a victim of fire.

“It is essential that those Londoners thinking of making a bit of extra cash by letting out a spare room during the Games are aware of their responsbilities under the law.

“If people ignore their responsbilities under fire laws, not only could they be prosecuted, they could be putting lives at risk.

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“The message is simple, look around your home, make sure it is safe, ensure paying guests know how to get out in the event of a fire and install adequate smoke alarms.”

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