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Domestic Smoke Alarms

People living in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire according to research from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

From October 2015, if you're a landlord you will be bound by law to:

  • install one smoke alarm on each storey of your rental property
  • install one carbon monoxide alarm in any room that contains a solid fuel burning appliance
  • test each alarm at the beginning of the tenancy

This is the minimum requirement in order to comply with the legislation, further details about the new law can be found on Alarms4Life.

For maximum protection, smoke alarms should be fitted in every room apart from the kitchen and bathroom. Heat alarms can be fitted in kitchens.