Imminent changes to the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards will hopefully save hundreds of lives and thousands of pounds worth of damage each year, by ensuring that all rental properties are properly equipped with detection devices. This is huge progress for the fire and CO safety sector, who will be very pleased to see a reduction in the following statistics:
In 2013 – 14, Great Britain’s Fire and Rescue Services attended around 212 500 fires.
Over 2/3 of fire related deaths occurred in accidental dwelling fires.
Dwellings with no smoke alarm accounted for 38% of deaths in domestic fires in Britain.
nearly 1/5 of deaths occurred when the fire alarm did not work.
11% of all fires occurred between 12am – 5am, responsible for 1/5 of all fire related deaths in Great Britain.
Published on 11th March 2015, the proposed new regulations will mean that it will become a legal requirement for landlords to provide adequate smoke and carbon monoxide detection in all of their rental homes, regardless of the age of the property. Smoke detection is required on all floors of the property which have a room that is considered to be ‘living accommodation’, which includes bathrooms, hallways and landings. CO detection will be required in any room that houses a solid fuel combustion device, such as a coal fire or gas boiler. The new legislation also states that on the first day of a new tennancy, all of these detectors must be checked by or on behalf of the landlord to ensure that they are in good working order.
Failure to adhere to these regulations is punishable by a fine of up to £5000.
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