East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is reminding homeowners who take in paying guests during the Olympics that they need to comply with fire safety legislation and ensure their property is safe in case of fire.
The demand for property when the Olympic and Paralympic Games come to London later this year is expected to soar as visitors from around the world look for somewhere to stay during the event. However, many of those who may be considering letting out their property may not be aware of their legal responsibilities for fire safety.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there is a legal duty to complete a fire risk assessment. This is a statement of fire risks within the property and the measures that have been put in place to address these risks. There must also be an adequate fire detection and warning system in place, a clear escape route and any guests should know what to do should a fire break out.
Richard Fowler, Head of Protection, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:
"Like everyone, we want the forthcoming Olympic Games to be a big success. That success applies not just to what happens during the events, but also the safety of the visitors and spectators who stay in all types of accommodation both in the build-up and during the competition.
"For landlords who already let out their properties risk assessments and fire safety precautions should be nothing new but for those who may be opening up their property to short term tenants during the Games may not be aware of the need for precautions such as smoke detectors and clear escape plans."