New law over fire alarms

PUBLISHED: 15:16 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:16 16 October 2015


New legislation which means landlords must install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties will ‘save lives’, according to Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS).

Private sector landlords must fit smoke alarms to each storey of their properties, as well as installing carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with fuel-burning appliances.

The Government says the move could help to prevent 25 deaths and 700 injuries a year, while landlords who fail to adhere to the new rules face fines of up to £5,000.

The service has organised a series of 25 drop-in events across its patch, where 969 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been provided to around 400 private landlords.

Steve Quinton, AFRS’ head of technical fire safety, said: “We are in no doubt the new laws will improve the safety of tenants in rented accommodation as smoke alarms have been proven to save lives.

“Over the past few months we met many hundreds of landlords who have made sure they have everything in place to ensure they comply with the new laws. For those who have decided not to take simple steps to keep their tenants safe, there is now the very real risk of a sizeable fine.

“If tenants have not been provided with a working smoke alarm they should contact their landlords and ask them to install one.”

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