An ignorance among landlords of a new law regarding carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms could be putting the lives of their tenants in danger, according to new research.
Set to come into force from the beginning of October, the new legislation requires the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in any room housing a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
It also requires landlords to fit a working smoke alarm on every floor of a property that is let out to a tenant.
‘Legislation will save lives’
It is estimated that the new law regarding carbon monoxide detectors will save up to nine lives and prevent as many as 460 injuries over the next decade.
The requirement to fit smoke detectors on every rented floor, meanwhile, could prevent more than 230 deaths and over 5,800 injuries over the coming 10 years, the Government is anticipating.
But the results of a survey carried out by British Gas and housing charity Shelter suggest that nearly two-thirds (59%) of landlords in England do not know about the new law or its requirements.
Carbon monoxide detectors can prove to be life-savers by alerting people to leaks, enabling them to avoid potentially lethal carbon monoxide poisoning.
Checks reveal faulty appliances
Smoke detectors, meanwhile, can give householders the vital time they need to get out of a house or raise the alarm in the event of a house fire.
Landlords already have to make sure that any property they rent out undergoes a yearly gas safety inspection and receives a safety certificate.
Safety checks, which must be carried out by engineers listed on the Gas Safe Register, can uncover faulty gas boilers, fires or heaters, preventing gas leaks which can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.
The Shelter/British Gas survey has been carried out to coincide with Gas Safety Week, which runs until September 20.
Source: Gas Safe Register
Date Published: September 16, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown