There is a duty on holiday let owners and landlords to comply with the law and HSE regulations by installing adequate fire protection (fire extinguishers, fire blankets and smoke detectors) as a result of the legal requirement of conducting a fire risk assessment and also to ensure that all electrical equipment supplied by them, either new or second hand, is safe for use by their tenants/holiday makers.
This is because there are three primary Acts of Parliament that impose a statutory duty on landlords with respect to the safety of electrical equipment and adequate fire protection:
- The Consumer Protection Act 1987
- The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- Government publication about how to comply with The Fire Safety Order Act 2005 for Holiday Let owners
The Consumer Protection Act affects all persons who let property in the course of their business because it defines them as “suppliers”, i.e. they are supplying goods to the tenant.
There are several items of secondary legislation covered by the Consumer protection Act which are directly relevant to the supply of electrical goods, including:
- The Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations 1989
- The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
- The General Product Safety Regulations 1994
- The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994
The Consumer Protection Act provides a defence of ‘due diligence’, i.e. a holiday let owner/landlord can defend a contravention of the Act if he can demonstrate that he took reasonable steps to avoid committing the offence.
The Fire Safety Order Act 2005 makes it mandatory to provide adequate fire protection in a holiday let. This, after your fire risk assessment, will ultimately mean fire extinguishers of the correct type and fire rating to cover 0 – 400 sq m will need to be installed on each level of the property as well as ID signage, a fire blanket and smoke detectors.
Fire & PAT Testing Services (Cornwall) Ltd can advise on what you will require, supply the necessary fire extinguishers, fire blanket, Carbon Monoxide detectors and advise on smoke detectors. Then annually service the extinguishers, check the fire blanket, annually replace batteries in Carbon Monoxide detectors and smoke detectors, if not hard-wired and check functionality …..as well as doing your annual PAT testing as well!! Saving you money!
This is why a planned programme of annual PAT testing and fire extinguisher servicing is essential.
“Fire and PAT Testing have inspected, advised and checked all relevant equipment in both of my properties. I found them to be courteous, knowledgeable and professional in their application to the work required. I do not hesitate in recommending them to anyone needing their services.”. Ernest John Hughes – Holiday Let Owner.