TrustMark has joined forces with the Chief Fire Officers home safety scheme, CFOA Blue Watch, to promote the assessment and registration of safety features that can be used by homeowners and landlords.
Around 15,000 people in the UK are affected by fires and CO poisoning every year, and sadly over 300 of these cases will lead to fatalities.
The two organisations have teamed up as part of an ongoing drive to support the development of home safety in the UK.
Blue Watch are supported by UK Fire and Rescue Services, and work with landlords, letting agents, tenants and homeowners to minimise the risks associated with electricity and gas, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Their logo, displayed when a fire safety professional has validated a property or safety product, is a trusted sign of a safer home.
Together, TrustMark and Blue Watch aim to raise awareness of the dangers and risks to help homeowners and landlords provide safer places to live for their families and tenants.
Landlords, letting agents, homeowners and those who undertake work in the home can register and self-assess their property by completing a Blue Watch Safety checklist.
Expert advice can also be provided through the scheme.
Homeowners will be advised of the importance of using TrustMark-registered firms to carry out any work to their properties.
Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark, said:
“Our partnership with Blue Watch will enable us to drive home the critically important message to only use skilled, reliable and competent tradespeople who have been assessed and qualified when it comes to carrying out any work on a property.
“TrustMark-registered firms can not only fix and fit approved safety products in the home, but they can also provide advice and support to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of fire and CO poisoning.
Together with Blue Watch we can make homes and properties in the UK safer.”
CFOA Blue Watch Chief Executive, Brian Gregory, commented:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the UK Fire and Rescue Services to share their knowledge and experience in home safety with the private rented sector and beyond.
The opportunity to spread the Home Safety message with TrustMark is too good to miss and I look forward to exploring the various ways we can combine our resources in the future to make UK homes safer.”
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17th Edition Wiring Regulation amendment
Fire Safety in relation to electrical wiring has recently been brought to the fore, following amendments to the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.
Regulation 421:1:201 – Protection against thermal effects, which stipulates enhanced fire protection risk, became mandatory this January, following recent statistics from the London Fire Brigade that showed an increase in consumer unit fires as a result of arcing cables where tightening of terminals has not been sufficient.
For electricians, amendment 3 puts increased responsibility on the installer, so it’s more important than ever that you’re up-to-date with the regulations.
For more information about Regulation 421:1:201, click here.