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Written by Conor Shilling

The London Fire Brigade has urged private landlords and property investors to take advantage of a new guide issued by the National Landlords Association (NLA). 
The Fire Safety Logbook aims to help landlords in protecting their tenants against fire and ensuring their rental properties don’t fall foul of fire safety laws.
The call comes ahead of the National HMO Network Conference which will be hosted at London Fire Brigade Headquarters this Friday (27th).
The NLA’s guide is aimed mainly at small private landlords and provides a fire safety check list and includes a year long planner for mandatory checks on essential fire safety equipment such as smoke detectors, extinguishers and emergency lighting and also that  any means of escape in the property are kept clear. 
It also allows landlords to record fires and false alarms and defects to any fire safety equipment.
London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Regulation Neil Orbell commented: “Making sure that landlords understand their fire safety responsibilities is a priority for the Brigade and the NLA’s new fire safety log book will allow them to keep a record of their fire safety precautions in one document. It will also allow them to demonstrate to fire safety regulators and enforcers that they have the correct measures in place to control fire risks within their properties.”
“We would also like to see local authority staff, such as environmental health and housing officers, promote the guide to the landlords that they regularly liaise with.”
The guide has been reviewed by the London Fire Brigade and can be downloaded here.
The London Fire Brigade has also launched a new campaign and website to help landlords and housing providers act on their fire safety responsibilities.
More information can be found at: www.knowtheplan.co.uk


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