Make smoke detectors a legal requirement says Labour MP

06 Oct 2014

Landlords should be legally obliged to fit a smoke alarm in all of their rental properties. That’s according to former Labour Housing Minister, Nick Raynsford MP.

In May of this year, Mr Raynsford urged the Government to make the provision of smoke alarms in private rented homes mandatory. Following the narrow escape of a family from a burning building, the MP for Woolwich and Greenwich pressed the Government to address the 650,000 households currently without a smoke detector.

Speaking in the House of Commons recently, Mr Raynsford said: “In its consultation earlier this year on the future of the private rented sector, the [housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis’s] department proposed the possibility of extending a requirement to have working smoke alarms fitted in all private rented units. I understand that there has been overwhelming support for that in the response to the consultation, and I would welcome an indication from the minister as to when the government intend to act on this recommendation."

CFOA Blue Watch, a partner of Endsleigh, said: “Smoke alarms save lives.  Recent statistics show that fires in the home continue to be discovered more rapidly after ignition where smoke alarms are activated. They are also associated with fewer fatalities.  In 2012/13 nearly one third of fire deaths occurred in properties where smoke alarms were not fitted.

"To keep you and your family safe from the risks of fire, put smoke alarms where you will be able to hear them throughout the home, particularly when you are asleep or when doors are closed.  Make an escape plan so that everyone knows how to make their way to safety in the event of an alarm sounding.  In the event of a fire get out, stay out and call 999 to alert the fire and rescue service.”

Patrick Taylor

Written by: Patrick Taylor an Endsleigh colleague.