South Yorkshire’s Chief Fire Officer has joined calls from senior fire officers nationally for the Government to enact new laws which could save lives.
The Energy Act includes an amendment allowing the Government to bring in new powers requiring all landlords to fit smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in all private rented homes.
The issue of smoke alarms in rented properties was highlighted last month at the inquest of Libby-Jayne Hornsby, aged two, who died in a house fire on Don Street, Conisbrough last October.
South Yorkshire fire investigators found no evidence of working smoke alarms inside the property.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner for South Yorkshire East, Nicola Mundy, voiced concern about the lack of legislation around smoke alarms in rented properties.
South Yorkshire’s Chief Fire Officer James Courtney, said: “We have reduced deaths and injuries from house fires considerably in South Yorkshire over the last decade,
“Many of those most vulnerable to fire live in private, rented accommodation, so making it a legal requirement for all landlords to fit smoke alarms would improve the safety of thousands of families.”