Landlords: Support Firefighter's Day by testing property fire alarms, advises Total Landlord Insurance

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Make fire alarm testing a priority this May.

By taking a little time out of your day to test your fire alarms, you’ll not only be saving time but your life.

In honour of International Firefighter’s Day, Total Landlord Insurance is calling for homeowners, landlords and tenants to check their fire alarms are in working order.

With firefighters called to more than 600,000 fires a year, it is imperative that households ensure their properties are fitted with working smoke detectors. As individuals are twice more likely to die in a house fire without a smoke alarm than a house that does, it’s these figures from FireService.co.uk that highlights the dangers of implementing a highly preventable measure.

Total Landlord Insurance’s Eddie Hooker said: “Whilst May 4th is an extremely significant date, every day should be significant – as regular testing of your fire alarm could save your life - as well as others. And even if you don’t have one, you can simply request a home fire safety check absolutely free and where eligible, a free smoke alarm to be fitted if necessary.”

Especially in the case of landlords, it is essential to have the appropriate coverage in place – be it a fire, flood or a burglary. With landlords contents insurance, tenants and landlords can be safe in the knowledge that costly items such as furnishings can be replaced quickly and easily thanks to this coverage – without the worry of undertaking a lengthy and costly process.

“By taking a little time out of your day to test your fire alarms, you’ll not only be saving time but your life,” explained Hooker. “It’s important that everyone recognises this day as a thank you to all those firefighters who give up their lives for us on a daily basis – and by honouring them on this special date we can show our support and gratitude to the firefighting community.”

It is estimated that 50,000 fires (140 a day) take place in the home, killing around 500 and injuring over 11,000 – but with the help of a smoke alarm these numbers could be much lower. It is advised to test the smoke detector once a week, and to change the battery once a year (unless it’s a ten-year alarm). Having a properly maintained alarm could buy you extra minutes, which can literally make all the difference in saving your life.

From first time landlords or to those with well-established portfolios, the appropriate coverage is highly recommended whatever your circumstances. To find out more information on the different services available (such as Total Landlord Insurance rent guarantee insurance), call 0800 63 43 880 to speak to an advisor today.

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