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Emergency Lighting – How to Make Sure it’s Safe

Emergency Lighting – How to Make Sure it’s Safe

No-one wants to think about the possibility of a life-threatening situation arising at their property, such as a fire or other emergency that might require the occupants to have to leave in a hurry. However, responsible landlords will need to plan for all eventualities to ensure that no harm comes to their tenants. In a dangerous situation, a system of emergency lighting could make all the difference to tenants being able to escape in good time. Hamilton King, a specialist property maintenance company which manages residential apartments from new builds to period properties, explains more about emergency lighting and how to make sure that it is properly maintained so that it is effective when needed. A Landlord’s Obligation to Provide Emergency Lighting Regulations came into force in 2006 which gave the ‘responsible person’ who is in control of commercial premises and the communal areas of a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) the duty of keeping everyone in the building safe. The duty applies whether the people are working in the building, visiting or living there. This duty of care includes providing appropriate emergency lighting. Regulations state that emergency routes and exits which need to be lit must be provided with emergency lighting of sufficient brightness in the case of failure of the normal lighting. Which Properties Need Emergency Lighting? Generally, a property could benefit from an emergency lighting system if the escape routes are long and the building’s design is complex, if there is no natural or borrowed lighting along the escape route and if the occupants are vulnerable. ‘Borrowed light’ means light coming from a source which could be considered reliable, such as street lighting. For houses of multiple occupancy of four storeys, emergency lighting may be appropriate if the escape route is complex; for HMOs of five or six storeys, emergency lighting is strongly recommended. Evolution of Emergency Lighting The obvious purpose of emergency lighting is for it to come on when there is a power outage, so an emergency light needs a battery or generator to give it an independent source of power. The first emergency lights were incandescent light bulbs which only provided dim light and gave barely enough light to see to repair the power problem or evacuate the building’s inhabitants. Better systems were soon developed, and a modern emergency floodlight gives good illumination in the form of high-lumen light. Many modern lights are...

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Hamilton King Highlights the Cost of Escape of Water Damage

Hamilton King Highlights the Cost of Escape of Water Damage

It goes without saying that buildings insurance is one of the staple requirements of successfully managing a property. Covering everything from fire damage to break-ins and vandalism, buildings insurance will prove invaluable, should a disaster strike. Hamilton King, a property management company has developed this guide that takes an in depth look at one aspect of buildings insurance that every landlord should ensure is written into their policy – escape of water damage. What follows is a breakdown of escape of water damage policies, and the extent of the costs should your policy not cover escape of water. Property Management Hamilton King is a property management company based in Enfield, North London. The role of a property manager can cover a variety of tasks that landlords with large portfolios would otherwise struggle to find the time to complete. For instance, a property management company may perform all necessary health and safety inspections, as well as the necessary wear and tear maintenance that landlords can expect. Getting Covered Buildings insurance for landlords is usually a different kind of policy than that given to homeowners, because you have an extra factor to worry about – your tenants. Many products exist on the market to give landlords a full range of options, but it is important that you do not try to save money now by purchasing a cheaper policy, only to lose out later on when you try to make a claim. Also, if you are renting your own home out, you need to inform your insurer otherwise it will invalidate your current policy. Typically a good landlords’ buildings insurance policy will cover everything from public liability, to avoid nasty personal injury claims, right the way through to loss of rent and emergency repairs. If in the case of furnished properties, you might want to take out contents insurance for your furniture too, to be replaced on a like-for-like basis if needed. Finally, make sure that the insurance policy you choose covers escape of water damage, which is different to other types of damage caused by water. Defining the Damage Reading the terms and conditions of every insurance policy you take out is going to be vital to ensuring you can make a claim. Water damage is separated by most insurers into three distinct causes, and not every policy will cover each kind of damage. A regular misconception occurs during particularly...

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