New smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations come into force
From 1 October 2015, it will be compulsory for all landlords to fit working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. Failure to comply with the new law could mean facing a penalty charge of up to £5,000.
The new regulations will require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property and test them at the start of every tenancy. They will also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in any habitable rooms where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
Furthermore, the landlord, managing agent or other representative must also check that all alarms are working at the start of each tenancy and replace any that do not. Tenants should also be encouraged to test the alarms on a regular basis.
Community Risk Group Commander Adrian Elliott said: "Smoke alarms can ultimately mean the difference between life and death. These new regulations are expected to prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a year."
To help landlords comply with the new regulations, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) has a limited stock of alarms from the government that landlords can apply for.
Although the Fire Service is leading on the distribution of the alarms, enforcement will be the responsibility of local housing authorities.
Landlords wishing to apply for alarms should complete the Landlord's Property Details form which can be accessed on the website.
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319