Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is offering free smoke alarms to private landlords ahead of a change in the law.

From 1 October this year, anyone renting out a property will, by law, have to make sure that there is at least one working smoke alarm on every floor of the property, and a carbon monoxide detector in properties where solid fuel is burned.

To help landlords gear up for the new regulations the government has provided Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service with a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out to relevant landlords.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said “People without a smoke alarm are four times more likely to die in a fire, so these new regulations will make a real difference to the safety of people who are renting properties.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for landlords to comply with the new rules, which is why we’re highlighting them well in advance. I’d encourage landlords to get ahead of the game and register for the free alarms straight away.”

Landlords who want to take advantage of the free smoke alarm offer will need to register online at www.hertsdirect.org/fire and collect their alarms from one of the following fire stations:

  • Hertford Fire Station, Old London Road, Hertford, SG13 7LD
  • Hemel Hempstead Fire Station, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 5HA
  • Stevenage Fire Station, St George’s Way, Stevenage, SG1 1HS
  • Watford Fire Station, Lower High Street, Watford, WD17 2AG
  • Welwyn Fire Station, Hertford Road, Welwyn, AL6 9EP

Landlords will be able to request one alarm for each property they rent out and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The new regulations don’t cover hostels, registered social landlords or Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) as these are already covered by other legislation.