A campaign to require landlords to fit smoke alarms in private rented properties after a fatal house fire in Doncaster has passed its first major hurdle in the House of Commons.
Labour’s former fire minister Nick Raynsford MP introduced a Private Members Bill under the ‘ten minute rule’ yesterday, which calls on the Government to make it law for smoke alarms to be fitted in private rented homes.
This comes just months after the death of two-year-old Libby-Jayne Hornsby in a fire in a rented home in Conisbrough which did not have smoke alarms.
A total of 245 MPs supported the Bill, including Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, with just eight against.
Ms Flint said: “The tragic accident that took away Libby-Jayne Hornsby is not an isolated incident. Years after smoke alarms have become commonplace, one in five privately rented homes still does not have a smoke alarm.
“The evidence is clear that smoke alarms save lives. A smoke detector raises the alarm more quickly and most fires are discovered in less than five minutes. This obviously reduces loss of life.”
The Energy Act, given royal assent in 2013, contains a clause which makes it possible for ministers to make it law to install smoke alarms in rented homes.
The Bill passed yesterday calls on the Secretary of State to lay an order making this law by January 2015.