• International Workplace
  • 15 October 2019

RICS publishes fire safety guide

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has published a clear and impartial fire safety guide to highlight the responsibilities of landlords and tenants in keeping properties safe.

The short, easy-to-follow guide covers houses, apartments, flats and maisonettes for both landlords and the general public.

According to figures obtained by RICS, a significant number of deaths and injuries arise each year from fires in residential properties. Following recent devastating fires across the UK in these types of properties, RICS has 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 has 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. 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.

Download the guidance here.