Public sector housing tenants warned of dangers of disabling smoke alarms

One of the Island's housing authorities is warning its tenants they're six times more likely to die in a fire if their home doesn't have a working smoke alarm.

Ramsey Town Commissioners is in the process of carrying out inspections at all of its properties, and has found some have had the smoke detector removed or the battery not replaced.

The Commissioners warns it's a breach of tenancy terms to alter or remove smoke detectors, and that smoke alarms should be tested weekly to ensure it's in working order.

The board says all properties are fitted with detectors to allow residents to escape without injury in the event of a fire.

Those who don't have a working alarm or are struggling to change the battery should contact the Commissioners' Housing Office.