New regulations mean all landlords will have to fit smoke alarms in rented homes.
This follows a major campaign through the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) – and is part of CFOA and the LGA’s call to Government as part of the first 100 days of the next government: ‘The Fire and Rescue Service: Making our Nation Safer’.
Figures shows that more than 200 lives could be saved over the next 10 years by the introduction of this legislation.
“We know that most landlords will welcome this step, which will help protect their tenants and save lives,” said Peter Dartford, CFOA president. “CFOA will be working with the government to ensure that this new legislation is implemented as quickly as possible.”
Mark Cashin, CFOA’s Home Safety Lead said: “This change would improve the safety of families and stop dozens of people from losing their lives to fire each year. The cost to landlords is small, with a ten-year sealed alarm costing around £15. The move is widely supported by the public and associations representing landlords and tenants.”
The draft new laws would be enacted by the Government as part of the Energy Act, which was given Royal Assent in December 2013.