South Yorkshire’s Chief Fire Officer wants smoke alarms in all rented homes

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South Yorkshire’s Chief Fire Officer has welcomed a proposal to make it a legal requirement for landlords to fit smoke alarms.

The Government is considering an amendment to the The Energy Act, which would make smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms a legal requirement in all privately rented homes.

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, with community safety work and increased smoke alarm ownership the major factors behind that improvement.

“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 in South Yorkshire.

“There is still work to do before this amendment is enforced, but the start of the review process is excellent news for all those dedicated to improving the safety of our communities.”

The Chief Fire Officer’s Association has been campaigning on this issue for more than two years, on behalf of fire and rescue services across the UK.