Sinn Féin councillor Colly Kelly has appealed for students living in private rented accommodation to ensure that there is a working smoke alarm system in their building, to invest in a carbon-monoxide detector and for landlords to have adequate fire safety measures in place for tenants.
“I feel it’s very important that students living in private rented accommodation ensure that there is a properly working and maintained smoke alarm system in their property,” said Colr. Kelly.
“It’s crucial that all of the safety checks required in relation to their accommodation are carried out. I would also urge them to invest in a carbon-monoxide detector and if all is not in order they should complain to the landlord.
“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 students who have hearing difficulties and disabilities.”