Tenants living in privately-rented accommodation are being urged to remind their landlords about fitting new smoke alarms.
From October 1, all private landlords must fit smoke alarms on each floor of their rental properties and install carbon monoxide alarms in rooms containing solid fuel burners. Any landlord who does not comply could face a £5,000 fine.
To help support local landlords in meeting the new regulations West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has a limited number of free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to give out.
Safer communities manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Nicki Peddle, said: ‘We’d urge anyone living in privately rented accommodation without a smoke detector to discuss the situation with their landlord immediately because they may not be aware of the changes to the law.
‘Of course, testing the alarms is just as important as installing them.’
Landlords wishing to apply should submit an application at westsussex.gov.uk/fire.