Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is reminding students to make sure their accommodation is safe from fire.
Many students may be living away from home for the first time and may not be in accommodation that is approved by their college or university.
Are you living in a house in multiple occupation?
Those living in a house with other students may be living in what is known as a house in multiple occupation (HMO). Certain rules apply to these premises.
A house is a HMO if:
- It is occupied by more than one household (family group) and
- It is occupied by three or more people and
- More than one household shares amenities such as a bathroom, toilet, lounge or kitchen
What fire standards apply in an HMO?
Certain fire standards apply in a HMO, including:
- There should be a system of mains operated interlinked smoke or heat alarms. Usually there will be an alarm in each room (except the bathroom).
- All the doors, except the bathroom door, should be substantial fire doors, fitted with smoke seals and a self-closing device.
- Larger houses should have escape lights that operate when the electricity fails.
- You should be able to escape from the house without needing a key to get out.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Head of Community Protection Baz Fox said “At this time of year many young people are moving away from home for the first time and starting, or continuing, their time as a student. If you are living in a house with other students please make sure that your accommodation meets the required standards of fire safety. If you believe your house may be a HMO but doesn’t have the correct fire safety features please speak to your landlord or contact Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and ask to speak to a fire protection officer”
Students who want to speak to a fire protection officer can telephone 01604 797000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org