Smoke alarms in rented properties- have your say
Mon 24 Mar, 2014
Using data from the 2011 Census, it has been estimated that there are nearly 700,000 private rented properties in England without smoke alarms.
As part of its involvement in the Chief Fire Officers' Association's first ever Home Safety Week, which runs from today until Sunday 30 March, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is raising awareness of a Government review of property conditions in the rented sector.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is inviting feedback on whether to enact regulations requiring private landlords to fit smoke alarms in their properties. Click here to go to the Gov.uk website to find out more about the review.
Good landlords already fit smoke alarms to protect their tenants. In houses in multiple occupation, also known as HIMOs, landlords are already required to supply a mains-operated interlinked smoke alarm system.
About 200 people a year die in accidental fires in the home. Figures published by the national Fire Kills Campaign show that people living in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire, and that not having a working smoke alarm makes the risk of dying in a fire four times greater.
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is urging all landlords who are not already doing so to set a good example by fitting and maintaining smoke alarms in the properties they own – even where it is not a legal requirement.
Landlords have a duty to ensure that the properties they rent out are safe, and of course smoke alarms will also help protect the investment they have made in these properties.
If you would like your comments to be included in the Government's review, please email them to PRSReview@communities.gsi.gov.uk by this Friday, 28 March.