Fire service welcomes change in alarm law

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FIRE and rescue services have joined forces in welcoming a new law.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service welcomed a change that will require private landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, which comes into force in October.

It will mean that alarms must be installed on every floor and be tested ahead of any new tenancy, with carbon monoxide alarms placed in each room which is deemed ‘high risk’, such as where there is a gas fire or boiler.

The government said the move will help prevent dozens of deaths and over 1,300 injuries each year.

Community safety manager for Hampshire Ty Whitlock said: ‘Although most private landlords do already have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, this announcement will ensure every property will have them in future.

‘We urge landlords to check to ensure they have the necessary smoke and carbon monoxide detection on every floor of their properties.’