London Fire Brigade

Landlords urged to snap up free alarms ahead of new life saving fire law

20 July 2015

We are urging the capital's private landlords to act now and apply for free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms so they are ready for new life saving legislation set to come into force later this year.

From October, 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 - such as cookers and heaters - or face being slapped with a £5,000 fine.

The smoke alarm giveaway, which begins in the capital today (Monday, 20 July), comes as new figures from the Brigade show that in London over the last five years, when there has been a fire in a home, a smoke alarm was working 41 per cent of the time.

In addition, while overall smoke alarm ownership in the UK stands at around 90 per cent, those living in private rented homes are far less likely to have a working smoke alarm.

Landlords are also being invited to apply for free carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is known as a 'silent killer' and causes around 50 deaths nationally each year.

Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Neil Orbell said: "The private rented sector provides homes for some of the capital's most vulnerable groups and there is no doubt that these regulations will make privately rented accommodation safer and save lives.

"We want to help London's private landlords meet their fire safety responsibilities under this new law and would urge them to apply for their free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms well in advance of the new laws coming into force this October. 

"Tenants can also play a part in taking responsibility for their own safety by reminding their landlords about the new legislation if there are no smoke or carbon monoxide alarms in their home."


Apply for a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm

If you own a rental property within Greater London, or you are a managing agent, you can apply for free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.


Book a home fire safety visit

If you are concerned that your home may be at risk of fire, or you know someone who you think needs our help, you can arrange a free home fire safety visit.


National statistics show people are four more times likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm and over the next ten years it is estimated the new laws will result in around 230 fewer deaths and 5,860 less injuries.

To help landlords meet the new regulations the Government is making a limited number of free alarms available from fire and rescue services, including the Brigade.

The new legislation, which is subject to parliamentary approval, will also require landlords to check that all alarms are working in their properties at the start of each tenancy. These regulations do not apply to social landlords and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) a these are both covered by existing laws.