Reminder For Landlords: Smoke Alarms Save Lives
In the last days of October 2018, a fire in a rental property in Hamilton proved a perfect example of how smoke alarms can save lives and a reminder that since 2016, smoke alarms have been mandatory in all rental properties.
On October 29 2018, a fire in a flat in Hamilton East broke out while three tenants slept. The smoke alarm responded at 11.50pm.
The residents of the York Street three bedroom flat escaped as soon as they heard the smoke alarm with nothing but their pyjamas, losing everything in the house, plus a Holden sedan which was melted irreparably on the driveway.
Hamilton brigade senior station officer Alban Osborne said tenants, who were a young woman, her partner and sister woke to the noise. The Fire Service arrived to see the 90sqm home at the front of a section of two units was engulfed. Residents nearby were also woken by the noise.
Flames from the fire were reported to have reached higher than the Sky receiver on the roof. Flames destroyed the roof, leaping three metres above the iron. The heat was intense enough that neighbours’ houses received a roasting, too.
Walls burned down to the frames and possessions were toasted.
Lessons landlords can learn – smoke alarm compliance rules
Smoke alarms aren’t terribly expensive, but the cost of neglecting to include smoke alarms is huge. Smoke alarm compliance is not the job of the property manager. This is why it’s essential to let Rentals.co know the status of your smoke alarms.
The reasons smoke alarm testing is outside your Northland property manager’s scope of work are:
Rentals.co prefers landlords agree for Smoke Alarm Testing Services (SATS) to test your smoke alarms by ticking the box on the following page and returning to us, so your property can comply with the Residential Tenancies Act Smoke Alarms and Insulation Regulations 2016. Please contact us to ensure we’re all on the safe page around the provision of working smoke alarms in your rental property.
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