East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is calling for landlords, property owners and letting agents to prioritise fire safety in short-term holiday lets and party accommodation as part of its Safer Summer campaign.
East Sussex and Brighton and Hove has a thriving tourist industry and large-group holiday / party lets are a popular choice for people visiting the area.
However, that relaxing getaway can rapidly turn into a disaster, if correct fire and other safety standards have not been implemented by those legally responsible for the property.
Key safety points which the owner/managing agent should follow:
- Premises that are let as short-term self-catering holiday accommodation must be provided with appropriate fire safety measures.
- It is the duty of the responsible person (normally the owner or managing agent) to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment.
- A fire risk assessment must identify all risks and hazards from fire and provide a plan to ensure any required improvements are carried out within a suitable period of time.
- All guests should be fully aware of the fire safety measures and advice – for example not wedging fire doors open.
- There should be clear instructions for guests on what to do if a fire alarm goes off including details of escape routes.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services Business Safety teams can be contacted for further advice.
Latest Update : 02 October 2019