Norfolk County Councilâ€™s Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has been working with local district and borough councils to help landlords acquire free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in their properties which are now available.Â
From 1 October this year, all landlords will be required to install smoke alarms on each storey of their premises where there is a room used as living accommodation, as well as CO alarms in high risk rooms.
To help private landlords in Norfolk gear up for the new regulations which come into force next month, the Government has allocated NFRS with a limited number to give out to relevant landlords.
The Fire and Rescue Service has been liaising with local authority housing departments about how the detectors will be distributed. As a result of the positive local partnership working, landlords will now be able to collect free smoke and CO detectors from their respective local authority on a first come first serve basis at the following locations:
- Norwich City Council - AvailableÂ from Thursday 17 September between 2pm â€“ 4pm and then every Thursday until stock finishes. Collect from City Hall, Second Floor Reception, St Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
- Broadland District Council - Available between 9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday from Broadland District Council Reception, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, NR7 0DU
- Breckland Council - Available between 9.30am â€“ 4.30pm from Breckland Council reception, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE
- South Norfolk District Council - Available between 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday from the Reception at the Council Offices, South Norfolk House, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE
- Great Yarmouth Borough Council - Available initially at an open day on 28 September between 10am and 3pm at Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QF. After this date, available from the Town Hall reception from 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday
- North Norfolk District â€“ Available between 9am â€“ 4.30pm from North Norfolk District Council Reception, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9ENÂ
- Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council -Â reception at Kings Court, Chapel Street, Kings Lynn, PE30 1EX Monday, Tuesday & Thursday between 8.45am and 5.15pm, Wednesday 9.30am â€“ 5.15pm and Friday 8.45am â€“ 4.45pm, reception at Valentine Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5EF and reception at The Priory Centre, Priory Road, Downham Market, PE38 9JT Monday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm and Friday between 9am and 4.45pm.
More than 6,500 smoke alarms and over 600 CO alarms in total will be available across the county.
Before collecting their free alarms, landlords will need to complete an application form to take with them. The form can be found at:Â http://www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk/nfrs/nfrsnews/news-rss-feed/589-smoke-detectors-for-landlords-alarms4life
The new regulations mean the local councils have the power to impose fines for non-compliance with fines of up to Â£5,000 for landlords who fail to comply with the regulations.
Richard Herrell, Group Manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This is a great opportunity for the fire service and all our district council partners to support landlords by providing free smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors. These new laws are essential to support the safety of all residents in rented accommodation. Â A large proportion of the countyâ€™s properties are rented therefore I am sure this legislation will save many lives in the years to come."
Cllr Paul Smyth, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Communities Committee, said: â€œStatistically, people are at least four times more likely to die in a fire in the home without a working smoke alarm, so this change in the law is a welcome step in helping to keep tenants safe.
â€œThis initiative is an excellent example of multi-agency collaboration and I hope landlords will take advantage of this great opportunity to act on their duty of care by applying for the free alarms.â€
Some Landlords will not be eligible for this initiative:
â€¢ Registered providers of social housing
â€¢ Shared accommodation with Landlord/Landlord's family
â€¢ Long lease properties (over seven years)
â€¢ Student halls of residence
â€¢ Care homes
â€¢ Hospitals/hospices and other healthcare accommodation
LicensedÂ HMOs (houses of multiple occupancy), hostels and refuges are already covered by a separate licence. Â
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service can offer free home fire risk checks to tenants who are vulnerable or over 60. Â For more information and to arrange a visit please click here.