Wonderful! Nowadays, more and more families can afford a second place by the sea and/or in a sunnier place and stay there during their holiday period or rent it out throughout the year. Or families rent a home in the summer holidays in the most idyllic places instead of choosing a traditional hotel.
Whether you are an owner or a tenant: fire protection is also essential in a second home. As a landlord there are also some legal obligations attached to it and you have to have the house inspected.
For example, according to a decree of the Flemish Government, a holiday home for 10 people or less must comply with the following rules:
- There has to be at least one ABC fire extinguisher (solid materials, liquids and gases) per 150m².
- There has to be at least one smoke detector in the hallway of the room where the person is staying.
The regulations for holiday homes for more than 10 people are even more extensive. Moreover, as a landlord you always have to obtain a fire safety certificate. More information about the further fire safety standards and the procedure for applying for a certificate can be found on the website of the Federation of Tourist Real Estate Holiday Homes and Secondary Accommodations.
Brandbeveiliging proposes the following items to make your holiday home completely fireproof:
- 1 6kg powder fire extinguisher: powder extinguishers can extinguish fire on the base of solids (class A), liquids (class B) and gases (class C) without any problems. They are required by law when renting out a holiday home. Any gas heating, electrical appliance, but also other flammable liquids, can be extinguished quickly and efficiently. 6 kilograms is enough fire protection for an area of up to 150 m². The fire extinguisher must be placed in an easily accessible location.
- Optical smoke detectors: In Flanders, installing 1 smoke detector per floor in a holiday home complies with the law. The hall is the best location, along the escape route. However, we recommend using at least two smoke detectors, one in the living room or the bedroom as well, as an additional preventive measure. In Brussels, you need to install a smoke detector in every room on the escape route (this means one in every room) and the battery should last at least 5 years. In Wallonia, at least 1 smoke alarm per 100m² per floor with a battery life of at least 5 years is required.
- Elro mounting kits: This handy mounting kit allows you to attach the Alecto Smoke Alarm to the ceiling without screws or a drill bit.
- 1 fire blanket 1m x 1m EN1869 approved: in kitchens, the presence of a fire blanket is a good idea. It allows you to keep small fires under control.