Redbridge receives 1000 smoke alarms from the London Fire Brigade

Published: 11 April 2019

Today 1000 smoke alarms were donated by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) to reduce fire risks in privately rented homes across Redbridge.

Council Leader, Cllr Jas Athwal and Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness Cllr Farah Hussain, received the smoke alarms at an event held at Ilford Fire Station this afternoon.

They joined the LFB Borough Commander Jamie Jenkins, local firefighters and council officers to speak about the importance of smoke alarms that are regularly tested and to highlight the responsibility of private landlords.

Cllr Jas Athwal said: “We are extremely grateful to the London Fire Brigade for all they do to keep us safe in Redbridge. These frontline services are vitally important and we are fortunate to work so closely with our Fire Brigade locally. This generous donation of 1000 smoke detectors will help keep Redbridge families in rented accommodation safe and protected and I want to say a huge thank you to Jamie Jenkins and the London Fire Brigade.”

Cllr Farah Hussain said: “Thankfully there is a long term downward trend in the number of fires, deaths and injuries but even one death is too many. I urge private sector landlords and letting agents to ensure that smoke alarms are located on every storey of their rented properties to keep tenants safe as you can’t risk with people’s lives.  A huge thank you to the London Fire Brigade for donating these smoke alarms that could save lives in our borough.”

Landlords are required to install and test smoke alarms in their tenants’ homes.

The smoke alarms that are being donated will be distributed by the council’s housing team during property visits and events such as the Landlord and Tenant forums.

Properly located and working smoke alarms save lives and in event of a fire they give early warning and save vital time which will aid the safe escape of tenants from a property.

Brigade Borough Commander for Redbridge Jamie Jenkins said: "The private rented sector provides homes for some of the capital's most vulnerable groups and landlords are now responsible for fitting and regularly testing that smoke alarms work in their properties. These regulations will make privately rented accommodation safer and save lives.

“Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won't be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop. As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor - in the hallways and in the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen.”

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