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 Commander Jamie Jenkins, local fire fighters and council officers to speak about the importance of having a regularly tested smoke alarm and to highlight the responsibility of private landlords.
The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, commented, “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: “Fires and injuries from fires might be decreasing but even one death is one 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 can potentially save lives.”
Landlords are required to install and test smoke alarms.
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.
It is best practice to ensure that smoke alarms are audible throughout a property and are sited in locations to maximise their capacity to detect smoke.