Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is offering local landlords advice on the government’s new fire safety regulations at a series of events beginning today (14/09/15).
From October, new laws will make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes.
A smoke alarm must be fitted on each floor of rented premises.
There must also be a carbon monoxide detector in properties with a solid fuel burning appliance.
Landlords will be required to check that alarms are working at the start of each new tenancy – and will face a penalty of up to £5,000 if they fail to comply with the new regulations.
Under the new regime, the government has provided some councils – including Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service – with free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to hand out to local landlords who qualify.
Chief Fire Officer of Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, Jim Onions, said:
“These new regulations will help reduce the devastation and loss of life caused by fires in homes.
“We are keen to work with landlords to help improve the safety of tenants across the county – and we’d urge those landlords who need to take action to comply with the law to register online and come along to our one of our open days.”
Landlords need to register online to receive up to five fire and CO alarms free of charge.
The alarms are available on a “first come, first served” basis – and can be collected during the special open days being held at fire stations across Cumbria, where fire service staff and volunteers will be on hand to offer fire safety advice.
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