Landlords reminded to be ready for new fire safety laws

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Landlords in Cumbria are being reminded to ensure they are ready for new fire safety laws aimed at saving dozens of lives a year.

New regulations will make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes from October 2015.

Under the new legislation, a smoke alarm must be fitted on each floor of the premises as well as carbon monoxide detector in properties with a solid fuel burning appliance. Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of each new tenancy and face a penalty of up to £5,000 if they fail to comply with the new regulations.

Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is helping landlords to gear up for the new regulations. A series of open days have been held at fire stations around the county to raise awareness. A number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which were supplied by the Government to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, have been made available to relevant private landlords in the county.

Jim Onions, Chief Fire Officer of Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Landlords need to be clear that from October they will have a legal responsibility to ensure that their properties are fitted with fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives and I would urge landlords to make sure they comply with the new regulations and help make tenants safer.

 

For more information about the new fire safety regulations, go to www.cumbria.gov.uk .

Article published September 2015

 

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