Latest News

Regulations on local lockdown published

03 July 2020

The UK Government has published Regulations for Leicester which clarify that agents do not need to cease viewings or close branches in areas of local lockdown. Read More...

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill no longer proceeding

03 July 2020

The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill that was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 1 June 2020, with the aim of controlling rent levels for Private Residential Tenancies has not been advanced to Stage 1 consideration. Read More...

Guidance launched to tackle COVID-19 rent arrears

03 July 2020

ARLA Propertymark has joined forces with other leading organisations from across the housing sector to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More...

COVID-19, arrears and your lettings business

02 July 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, PayProp looks at the impact of COVID-19 and how agents can best cope with unforeseen challenges when it comes to lost income, managing arrears, and avoiding evictions. Read More...

ARLA Propertymark members manage almost half of England’s private rented sector

01 July 2020

The number of private rented homes in England currently sit at 4.8 million, according to the latest English Housing Survey published by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and as of May 2020, ARLA Propertymark members manage 47 per cent of those properties. Read More...

Battery-powered smoke alarms failed in more than a third of property fires

Monday 02 December 2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging people, including landlords, to test their smoke alarms due to recent analysis which showed nearly two thirds of battery-powered alarms failing in England last year.

Battery-powered smoke alarms, which are accepted as part of a landlord’s legal obligations to install smoke detectors in their properties, are typically cheaper than mains powered alarms but are more likely to fail.

The data showed that firefighters attended more than 7,500 fires in homes with battery-powered alarms last year and found that 38 per cent failed to alert residents of the danger.

Other data showed:

  • Incorrect positioning caused almost half (45 per cent) of the failures, while missing or faulty batteries caused 20 per cent.
  • Of 29,586 property fires attended in England between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, 22,475 homes were fitted with a smoke alarm.
  • Battery-powered smoke alarms were found in 7,692 of the homes - but, of these, 2,899 (38 per cent) failed to sound.
  • Mains-powered smoke alarms were reported to fail in 21 per cent of fires.

Quote mark

'Smoke alarms are proven life-savers, but these worrying ‘failure’ rates are a reminder to people to test their smoke alarms regularly and change batteries where necessary. 

'Smoke alarm ownership has risen over the years to more than 90 per cent, but this encouraging trend is being dangerously undermined if they don’t activate due to faulty batteries. 

'The run-up to the festive season is a timely reminder of the importance of fire safety, but working batteries aren’t just for toys at Christmas – they are needed in smoke alarms all-year round.

'With the increased potential fire risk from Christmas trees, decorations, candles and lighting, and people spending more time using heaters, open fires, and cooking hot food during the colder winter months, anyone without a smoke alarm should buy and fit one as soon as possible. They should also check the alarms of less able family members and those on their own - it may save their life.

'Many fire and rescue services can fit smoke detectors for free as part of a home fire safety visit.' 
Cllr Ian Stephens, chair of the LGA’s fire services management committee

PROPERTYMARK RESOURCES

ARLA Propertymark members can take advantage of a range of benefits by logging into the ARLA Propertymark website.

Members can download resources which include:

  • Gas Regulations - Danger Do Not Use Notices fact sheet
  • Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act 2018 fact sheet
  • Legal Responsibilities For Gas Safety fact sheet

Login

KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS IN THE KNOW

Propertymark produces consumer guides which aim to cut out jargon for customers in order for them to understand their rights, make informed decisions and use an ARLA Propertymark agent.

Share the Landlord safety responsibilities – smoke alarms, electrical safety and gas checks guide along with many more with your customers.

You can view our guides on the Propertymark website, follow the Propertymark Facebook and Twitter page to share them on social media or download or buy hard copies from the online shop.