Capita has announced the launch of Blue Watch, a new fire and home safety scheme supported by the UK’s fire and rescue services.
Capita has signed a seven year contract, with an option to extend for a further three years, with CFOA Services Ltd (CSL) – a trading company of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) – to deliver the scheme.
Blue Watch aims to reduce the devastation and cost of fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in UK homes by helping homeowners and landlords to provide safer places to live for their families and tenants.
Landlords can register their property by completing a checklist on Blue Watch’s website, stating what safety measures they have in place.
Advice on what other precautions can be taken to make homes safer is also available. This includes fitting safety equipment such as a smoke alarm, CO alarm, or in other instances investing in fire doors.
Once a property is registered, the landlord can request a validation of their safety measures. This will be undertaken by their local fire and rescue services or one of their partners.
CSL chair Paul Fuller said: “We are looking forward to working with Capita in bringing a fresh approach to fire and CO safety, which we hope will reduce the number of people affected by fire and CO.”
Blue Watch validation is starting in Hampshire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire and Humberside. Landlords outside of these regions still have the option to register and self-declare their properties by ensuring all of the relevant safety precautions have been followed.