Accodi Safety - Fire/ Gas/ Electrics
FIRE & SAFETY REGULATIONS
THE FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS (FIRE) (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1988 (AS AMENDED)
Fire resistant means that the furniture must pass the ignitability test as well as the cigarette test and the match test. This means that upholstered furniture must have:
Covers which resist ignition from a match flame test.
Covers which resist ignition from a smoldering cigarette test.
Filling materials which pass an ignitability test.
Permanent labelling denoting compliance with the Regulations.
The filling must comply with the Regulations as well as the covers. The toxic fumes from the
fillings are the cause of death.
All furniture must carry a permanent label denoting the furniture is fire-resistant. Any furniture manufactured prior to January 1st 1950 need not comply with the regulations, as the toxic substances were not used in manufacture prior to that date. Thus, period or antique furniture is exempt.
The Regulations apply to any furniture that is upholstered and intended for use in a residential dwelling house. This includes:
Three piece suites, arm chairs and sofas
Beds, headboards, mattresses, divans and bed bases
Sofa beds, futons and other convertible furniture
Nursery and children's furniture
Loose, stretch and fitted covers for furniture
Scatter cushions and seat pads
Garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling
The Regulations do not apply to:
Bed clothes including duvets
Loose covers for mattresses
Furniture manufactured before January 1st 1950
Mattresses, divans and bed bases are not required to bear a permanent label, however compliance
with the ignitability tests is shown if there is a label on the item stating that it meets the standard BS 7177.
Failure to comply with the Regulations means that the Agent, the Landlord, or both are committing a criminal offence. The offence carries a penalty of six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine which is currently a maximum of £5,000. There may be also a further criminal prosecution for manslaughter.
THE GAS SAFETY (INSTALLATION AND USE) REGULATIONS 1994 AND 1996
These Regulations became law on the 31st October 1994. The Regulations state that landlords must
have all gas appliances, gas pipe work, valves, regulators and meters at their properties checked by a registered installer approved by the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that an appliance is
maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent the risk of injury to any person. Landlords or their Agents must also keep records of the dates of inspections, defects found and the remedial action
The Regulations also cover Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) appliances, which must be checked for safety, including checks on the effectiveness of the flue; the ventilation; gas operating pressure and gas tightness.
A copy of the Gas Safety Certificate must be given to the tenant before they move into the property. Landlords or their Agents are required to keep a copy of the gas safety certificate for 2 years.
CORGI has produced a three-part certificate for their installers to use, but to date there is no prescribed format. The certificate or report must indicate the following:
The date of the safety check
Name and address of the landlord or agent
Address of the property
Description and position of all appliances checked
Any defects and the remedial action taken
Confirmation that the safety check complied the Regulations
The certificate must be signed by the engineer and include the CORGI registration number of the company or individual
Faulty equipment could be fatal and lead to a conviction of unlawful killing for a landlord. Under
the Regulations any appliance that does not comply must be disconnected.
Failure to comply with the Regulations means that the Agent, the Landlord, or both are committing a criminal offense. The offense carries a penalty of six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine which is currently a maximum of £5,000. There may also be a further criminal prosecution for manslaughter.
THE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1994
The above regulations came into force on January 9th 1995, replacing the Low Voltage Electrical
Equipment Regulations 1989.
Supply includes offering to supply, agreeing to supply, exposing for supply and possessing for supply and therefore it appears to cover the landlord and agent offering to let residential property, which includes electrical equipment as part of the letting.
Any appliances left at the property must be safe and insulated sufficiently to provide protection from an electric shock. To establish this criteria an NIC/EIC electrician who has the necessary test equipment to carry out a portable appliance test or PAT test should test each appliance. Each item should be labelled to show that it has been tested and carry details of the tester.
Schedule 2 of the Regulations specifically excludes certain items such as electricity supply meters and plugs and socket outlets for domestic use. This does not mean that these items are excluded from safety legislation. From February 1st 1996 the Plugs and Sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994 require that all new and second hand appliances, which are supplied (including rented accommodation), to be fitted with an appropriately fixed and fitted plug.
Accodi ensures that a portable appliance or PAT test is current on all it's properties, conducted by a qualified electrician, on all of the electrical items left at the property.
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