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  • Lancashire Landlord fined £20,000

    Lancashire Landlord fined £20,000

    You know that Blue Watch is serious about fire safety, but every now and then we can’t help but feel frustrated at the way some landlords are putting lives at risk. This is especially true when we know that keeping tenants safe is a read more

  • Fires in the Kitchen

    Fires in the Kitchen

    Perhaps not surprisingly a large number of fires in the home start in the kitchen. The London Fire Brigade says, around 60 per cent. Kitchens tend to be warm and dry. There are many sources of ignition; electrical devices such as toasters, read more

  • Blue Watch launches new online risk assessment tool

    Blue Watch launches new online risk assessment tool

    Can you afford not to self-assess risk in your properties with the new CFOA Blue Watch online Fire Risk Assessment Plus? Blue Watch is delighted to announce that our new online Fire Risk Assessment Plus product is now live. A range of read more

  • Candles - friend or foe?

    Candles - friend or foe?

    There is little doubt that in centuries past the candle was an essential tool for providing light, particularly before the advent of gaslights and subsequently electric lights. Indeed some people still keep candles for emergencies. However, read more

  • Corporate Manslaughter and the Manager

    Corporate Manslaughter and the Manager

    Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide Act 2007 (enacted April 2008) your business could be liable to be prosecuted for manslaughter (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or culpable homicide (Scotland) if anyone was to die at read more

  • Bonfire Night Safety

    Bonfire Night Safety

    The majority of accidents happen at private parties. Organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own. If you do hold your own party, make sure you follow the firework code to keep you, your family, guests and neighbours safe. read more

  • Public insight

    Public insight

    Last month, as part of our efforts to better understand views of the public on key fire sector policy, the Chief Fire Officers Association commissioned a questionnaire of 2,000 UK adults. The study was undertaken by Populus Research and among the read more

  • Have you got a plan?

    Have you got a plan?

    Most people do not worry about fire. The risk of being involved in one and the potentially fatal consequences is not something that weighs on most people’s minds. Unless you work in fire safety, go to sea or have experienced a fire, it is read more

  • Scheme supporting landlords and tenants launched

    Scheme supporting landlords and tenants launched

    A scheme supporting landlords and helping drive up the quality of housing for tenants across the county’s private rented sector has been launched today. Landlords who ensure their homes are properly maintained and managed will be read more

  • Chimney Fires - the precautions to take

    Chimney Fires - the precautions to take

    The summer will end soon. As the evenings get cooler it is tempting to start a 'real' fire if you have an open fireplace or perhaps a wood-burning stove. Nothing wrong with that, of course, a warm flickering fire is just the thing to banish the read more

  • Student rental market showing positive signs

    Student rental market showing positive signs

    In July 2014 the accommodation for students website issued a press release confirming that student letting was buoyant with over 70% of properties already let ahead of the new academic year starting in September. In addition to this 61% of read more

  • Be fire safe!

    Be fire safe!

    Watch out for the ‘little things’ around the home... We see headlines like ' Supermarket burns down following gas explosion' and worry that gas can indeed be dangerous and perhaps we should get the 12 year old central heating boiler read more

  • Can’t afford a Fire Risk Assessment?  Can you risk the fine?

    Can’t afford a Fire Risk Assessment? Can you risk the fine?

    Many small businesses – and if you let a property or holiday home you are classed as a small business – are either ignorant of their responsibilities when it comes to ensuring the fire safety of their business or simply choose to read more

  • Fire safe homes attract best tenants

    Fire safe homes attract best tenants

    No one wants to burn to death or suffer headaches, nausea, toxicity of the central nervous system and then death..... People like to feel safe in their home, not only for themselves, but particularly for their read more

  • The Killer in Your Home!

    The Killer in Your Home!

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is colourless, odourless and tasteless. In sufficient quantities it can result in headaches, nausea, toxicity of the central nervous system and death. It occurs when incomplete combustion occurs, usually due to insufficient read more

  • Blue Watch pledges its support for Gas Safety Week

    Blue Watch pledges its support for Gas Safety Week

    Blue Watch has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (16-22 September), and will be driving support to raise awareness of gas safety issues. This third annual Gas Safety Week will see the whole industry coming together to bring gas safety read more

  • Renters may be at risk from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning in the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service area

    Renters may be at risk from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning in the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service area

    New home safety scheme launches, supported by Humberside FRS Blue Watch, a new home safety scheme set up by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and supported by UK fire and rescue services, launches today in Hull, East Riding, North read more

  • West Yorkshire renters at risk from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning

    West Yorkshire renters at risk from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning

    New home safety scheme launches, supported by West Yorkshire FRS Blue Watch, a new home safety scheme set up by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and supported by UK fire and rescue services, launches today in West Yorkshire, as new read more

  • Hampshire renters at risk from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning

    Hampshire renters at risk from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning

    New home safety scheme launches in Hampshire, supported by Hampshire FRS Blue Watch, a new home safety scheme set up by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and supported by UK fire and rescue services, launches today in Hampshire read more

  • Good news for landlords looking for better quality tenants and safer homes

    Good news for landlords looking for better quality tenants and safer homes

    Blue Watch – a new home safety scheme supported by local fire services – has launched in several regions across the UK. Blue Watch gives landlords the opportunity to register their property and have it inspected by their local fire read more



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