In a statement released this morning, Mr Raynsford said: ‘Real progress has been made in the past decade to reduce the number of domestic fire deaths, but much more can be done. Almost one in five privately rented homes still do not have a smoke detector, putting over 650,000 households at increased risk of death. That is double the number of homes without a smoke alarm in the social housing sector.
‘When installing a sealed smoke alarm with a 10-year battery costs about £15, it is absurd to call this a regulatory burden. It is a matter of life and death. Without a smoke alarm, you are four times more likely to die in a fire. Private tenants know that when they move into a property, by law their landlord must issue a gas safety certificate. Let’s make it the same for smoke alarms. I call on the government to bring forward this simple yet lifesaving measure without any further delay.’