New life-saving smoke alarm legislation comes into force tomorrow

Brand new life-saving legislation on smoke alarms comes into force tomorrow – and private landlords are being urged to make sure they have fitted smoke alarms and CO alarms in their properties.

The new government regulations will mean it is compulsory for private landlords to fit smoke alarms and, where appropriate, carbon monoxide detectors in homes they rent out.

It is thought the new legislation could save in the region of 200 lives a year and landlords who don’t comply could face fines of up to £5,000, which would be enforced through local authorities.

The regulations were approved by the House of Commons and House of Lords on Monday September 14th and comes into force on October 1st.

This vital life-saving legislation has been introduced following a major high profile campaign from the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), aiming to make tenants safer in their own home.

The campaign for the change in the law formed part of CFOA’s call to government as part of the first 100 days of the next government: The Fire and Rescue Service: Making our Nation Safer’.

The new law requires private landlords to have a working smoke alarm on each floor of their property and carbon monoxide detector in properties which burn solid fuel.

Landlords must:

  • Fit a smoke alarm on every storey
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in every room with a sold fuel burning appliance
  • Test alarms tested and working at the start of each tenancy

The full legislation can be found on the government’s website and there is also a Question and Answer booklet.


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