skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

County-wide safety drive benefits thousands of tenants

01/10/2015

More than 2,500 homes across Staffordshire are now better protected thanks to a county-wide safety drive aimed at landlords.

"The aim of the events was for our Fire Safety Officers to be able to talk to landlords and offer them information and advice on how to ensure that their tenants are kept as safe as possible in their homes. The end result is that approximately 2,500 properties across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will now be fitted with devices that will warn tenants if there is a risk to their lives and the lives of their families."

Group Manager Paul Shaw

The Service held 12 events ahead of new laws which came in force today (Oct 1).

The legislation requires all landlords to fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of the property as well as a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance.

They also state that landlords must check that all of the alarms are working when a new tenancy starts.

During the information sessions700 carbon monoxide detectors and 6,000 smoke alarms were given out, free of charge.

In return, the landlords agreed to sign up to a Home Fire Risk Check, which is also free, for the properties they rent out.

Group Manager Paul Shaw, who led the initiative, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the response that we have had from private landlords since we started running the events in July. On our Community Safety Day (Oct 1) alone we gave a staggering 2,000 smoke detectors to landlords, which is a fantastic result.

"The aim of the events was for our Fire Safety Officers to be able to talk to landlords and offer them information and advice on how to ensure that their tenants are kept as safe as possible in their homes. The end result is that approximately 2,500 properties across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will now be fitted with devices that will warn tenants if there is a risk to their lives and the lives of their families.

"We decided to add the caveat of asking all landlords who attended our events to sign up for a free Home Fire Risk Check so, not only will their tenants benefit from the alarms, they will also have a visit from the Service at which point any potential risks or hazards will be highlighted.

"Statistics show that people are four times more likely to die in a fire if they do not have a working smoke alarm. Initiatives such as this one mean we are getting ever closer to eliminating that risk."

Home Fire Risk Checks are available to all residents in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. To book a visit, call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp