Sleeping Accommodation

The definition of sleeping accommodation includes multiple instances, such as common areas in homes of shared occupancy, bed and breakfasts, staff sleeping quarters, guest houses and many more.

Fire management and prevention

The basic principles of fire safety are to identify hazards and risks and take steps to minimise or totally prevent them. For a fire to start it needs three things; ignition, fuel and oxygen, which is where we start when we assess a building.

Ignition can be started in a variety of places, especially in most sleeping accommodation buildings, such as heaters (gas, electric or oil-fired), candles, boilers, electricals and cooking equipment, to name just a few. It’s essential that these are identified and thoroughly assessed.

Sources of fuel are commonly found in this type of property and can include furniture, textiles, flammable liquids (cleaning chemicals etc), paper and many more. If a source of fuel is stored precariously close to a potential ignition point we already have two out of the three sources required for a fire outbreak.

Oxygen is, of course, present in all properties. However, we need to be especially mindful of ventilation systems in enclosed buildings that can exacerbate fires and cause them to spread much more quickly. Some chemicals can also feed a fire with additional oxygen, as well as stored oxygen in cylinders if any are present.

People at risk also need to be accounted for and plans put in place to ensure their safety. This could include disabled people, elderly, children and anyone else who would find it difficult to evacuate in an emergency.

Walker Fire are able to do a thorough check to ensure all potential ignition, fuel and oxygen points are identified and suggest steps you could take to create a safer environment as a result. We provide quality services, products and training to ensure your property is kept as safe as can be from potential fire hazards.

In summary:

The key things to know about fire safety in sleeping accommodation are:    

  • Many properties are classed as “sleeping accommodation”.
  • There are many common sources of ignition and fuel in sleeping accommodation.
  • There’s a duty of care to protect guests and staff.
  • Walker Fire can help to ensure that the sleeping accommodation you are responsible for is effectively managed.

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