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Multiple Occupancy Buildings – Smoke Alarms

30 April, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has appealed to the owners of multiple occupancy buildings to ensure they have properly fitted smoke alarms on their properties.

Mr McCartney said

"I am calling the owners of multiple occupancy buildings in the city to ensure that all buildings are fitted with the proper smoke alarms and more importantly that all fitted smoke alarms are properly maintained.

"There is a worry in some cases where there is a high percentage in turnover of occupants at a residence that the likes of a properly working smoke alarm is well down the list of priorities when new tenants moves in.

"One of the problems faced when a fire does break out in a multiple occupancy building is that many people living there may not know who lives in the adjacent flats at any given time. This can lead to confusion in the evacuation of a building. A smoke alarm can give that extra two or three minutes needed to get out once a fire starts.

"Landlords must also make sure there are adequate fire safety measures in place for tenants. I would ask landlords to have a proper fire evacuation plan in their tenancy agreements so that residents are made aware of how to exit a building as quickly as possible in the event of a fire. Provision must also be made for people you have hearing difficulties or disabilities, smoke alarms can be acquired that have a vibrating pad or a flashing light." ENDS

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