SENIOR fire officers in Cheshire have welcomed the launch of a Government review that they hope could save dozens of lives every year.

The Energy Act includes an amendment which could see new powers introduced to make it a legal requirement for landlords to fit smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors in all private rented homes.

Mark Cashin, Cheshire’s deputy chief fire officer, said: “While there is still some work to do, the start of the review process is excellent news for all of us dedicated to improving the safety of our communities.

“Death and injuries from fires have reduced considerably in recent years but the majority of victims continue to be those who are most vulnerable, often living in private rented accommodation.

“Making it a legal requirement for all landlords to fit smoke alarms will improve the safety of hundreds of families and stop dozens of people from losing their lives to fire each year.”