Fire Risk Assessment and Gas Safety for Homestay providers

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Homestay Hosts – If you have a paying guest in your home, you have a responsibility to keep them safe. This includes updating gas safety certificates/annual gas service records, which must be certified by Registered Gas Safe engineers, and carrying out a fire risk assessment of the home every 12 months.

It is also recommended that you fit carbon monoxide detectors. These should be British Standard approved, with a battery life of up to five years. Fit them in each room with a gas appliance.

Every homestay host is subject to common law, and has a duty to make sure their property is safe.
We therefore ask that all hosts follow this fire safety advice:

  • All new properties must have mains-operate smoke alarms fitted on every floor of the property. Older properties should have standard battery-operated smoke alarms.
  • If you fit battery-operated smoke alarms in your property, you should test them regularly.
  • Provide all guests with a fire escape plan so they know what to do in the event of a fire.
  • The electrical system in your home should be in good working order.

Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidelines

Here are five easy steps to help you complete your fire risk assessment:

Step 1 – Identify the fire hazards in your home

  • Things that might ignite such as plug-in convector heaters or candles
  • Things that can burn such as refuse and stacks of paper, magazines, combustibles
  • Things that can accelerate a fire such as ceiling/desk fans and air conditioning units

Step 2 – Identify those at risk

  • Children
  • Parents with babies
  • Those who have hearing impairment may not be alerted to a standard smoke alarm and disabled people may find it difficult to get out of the home quickly.

Step 3 – Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk

  • Replace highly combustible materials with less combustible ones
  • Ensure adequate separation between combustibles and ignition sources

Step 4 – Record and plan

  • Have a fire safety record book
  • Record the hazards and people identified as especially at risk in Steps 1 and Step 2
  • Record what you did for Step 3
  • Ensure guests are made aware of fire exit routes in your home
  • Keep a record of having informed guests about the emergency evacuation plan
  • Keep a record of weekly checks made to battery-operated fire alarms and fire extinguishing equipment, e.g. fire extinguishers and fire blankets

Step 5 – Review

  • Risk assessments should be kept up to date and reviewed every 12 months
  • Ensure your Gas Safety Certificate/Gas appliance service record is renewed every 12 months
  • The online Fire Risk Assessment form below must be completed and submitted for our records. We can assist you in completing this form during the Homestay Manager’s home visit and provide advice on how to stay fire safe.

    Homestay Fire Risk assessment Form

    Responsible person


    Property address


    • Are there any areas of concern in the homestay?
      E.g. live and exposed wires, trip hazards, loose stairs or banisters/railings, blocked exits and loose carpets.

    • Written fire escape plan


    • Smoke alarms on each floor


    Smoke alarms last tested date

    Smoke alarms testing frequency

    • Carbon monoxide monitor


    • A valid Gas Safety Certificate is obtained every year and a copy is available on request


    • What Firefighting equipment is present in the property. Please list any details of items such as fire blanket(s), extinguisher(s) including their locations.

    • Emergency exit routes are always kept clear


    • Guests are informed if the house has any specific features that might be hazardous
      (e.g. balconies, steep stairs etc).


    • Guests are briefed about evacuation procedures and where to assemble.


    • Guests are briefed about how and when to use firefighting equipment, if applicable


    • Guests are given the Emergency Contact Number 999 and your personal mobile number to keep in touch?


    • Please remember to discourage guests from using candles and electric blankets.

    • Please note that homestay providers, because they are paid to have people sleeping in their home, are legally required to have a fire risk assessment to comply with fire safety law. This is evidence that the homestay provider has not been negligent.

    • Remember that risk assessments are for the benefit and safety of guests as well as your family.

    I confirm all statements above are accurate to the best of my knowledge.

    I understand and agree that The risk assessment form is provided to help eliminate any risks at homestay providers properties and Devon Educational Holidays. will not be liable for any accidents, fire or explosions within the home.