New fire safety campaign launches to alert landlords

Communities and Local Government and Aico – the UK’s largest supplier of domestic smoke alarms – have joined forces as part of a Fire Kills campaign to promote the use of mains powered smoke alarms in privately rented properties.

The campaign includes a film featuring Mark Healey, a landlord who is also chair of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, who guides viewers round a typical home pointing out the most important places to fit a smoke alarm.

Healey recommends mains powered smoke alarms fitted by a qualified electrician as opposed to battery-only alarms.  

Government fire statistics show that 36% of battery powered alarms fail to operate in a fire – almost half because the battery was missing or dead.  

Installing mains powered alarms, interconnected so they can be heard throughout the property, negates this problem and allows landlords to meet their legal duty of care.Ӭ

Healey said: “As a landlord, I know how important it is to install working alarms in the properties I am responsible for.  

“As the chair of one of the largest fire and rescue services in the country, I also know what can and does go wrong.  

“Remember – both your tenants’ safety and your property are in danger if you don’t have working smoke alarms fitted.””¨”¨