Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


More Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms for Landlords

A scheme to ensure that all rented homes in Essex are equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms has already seen more than 3,000 smoke alarms and 500 carbon monoxide alarms handed out to landlords.

New laws set to come into force in October require landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. Under the law landlords have to install a smoke alarm on every floor where there is accommodation and also a CO alarm in any habitable rooms with a solid fuel appliance.

A stock of alarms area available free and have been handed out to landlords at a series of events taking place at fire stations across the County. So far Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has made over 2,000 homes safer but still has 9,000 smoke alarms and 1,000 carbon monoxide alarms available for landlords to fit in their rental properties.

They will be handed out at special workshops which include general fire safety advice and advice about how and where to fit the alarms. Four new workshops dates have been announced which landlords can attend to collect their free alarms:

October 19 - Colchester Fire Station 11am-1pm
October 20 - Southend Fire Station 11am-1pm
October 21 - Grays Fire Station 11am-1pm
October 22 - Gt Dunmow Fire Station 11am-1pm

Those who wish to attend a workshop should register their interest before by filling in the form found on our website here.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are proven life savers and this scheme means that those living in rented homes in Essex will enjoy the protection they offer.

“Landlords will soon be required to install these alarms so by attending a workshop now they can obtain the alarms free of charge and get all the advice they need to keep their properties and tenants safe.”

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