Landlords can pick up free smoke alarms

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Landlords of privately rented properties in Peterborough can pick up free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at upcoming distribution events.

New safety laws make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes and are expected to come into effect from October 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval.

To help landlords gear up for the new regulations the Government has provided Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service with a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out to relevant landlords.

Landlords can pick up the free alarms from Cambridgeshire fire stations at the first distribution event on Monday (July 6).

Under the new laws, smoke alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property as well as carbon monoxide alarms in properties which burn solid fuels. Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

Station Commander Mick Jackman, part of CFRS Community Fire Safety Team, said: “We are keen to work with local landlords to improve the safety of tenants across our area.

“We would urge those landlords who need to take action to comply with the new regulations to pop along to one of our distribution events, which are taking place on the first Monday in July, August and September at a number of our fire stations. A full list of distribution event times and locations can be found on our website.”

For the full details, dates and where you can collect alarms, log on to http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/firesafety/alarms4life.php