On 11th March 2015, a new law was introduced regarding the installation of smoke alarms in rental properties. This new law will come into effect as of October 2015. Experts have stated that these regulations will prevent around 26 deaths and 670 injuries every year. Today, 90% of homes are equipped with smoke alarms – a dramatic increase from the 1988 figure of 8%, and these laws are likely to push the percentage closer to 100% over the next few years. National Fire statistics for the year of March 2013 to March 2014 reveal that 38% of house fires occurred in properties that did not have a fire alarm fitted, with gas safety issues a real concern. Statistics showed 41% of UK house fire deaths in the year 2013 – 2014 were the result of gas, smoker fume inhalation. The government will be providing £3 million worth of funding towards this regulation. This will go towards providing England’s 46 fire and rescue facilities with approximately 445,000 smoke alarms that private landlords can pick up for free. This will reduce the likelihood of landlords cutting corners in order to save money thus avoid risking their tenants lives. Not only that the government will be providing 40,000 carbon monoxide detectors as well as fire alarms. Tenants will be safer, and landlords will be able to comply with the new regulations without incurring any additional costs. A true win-win situation for all.
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