Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

NEw law to fit smoke alarms in French homesFrance has passed a new law, making it compulsory for all homes to be fitted with a smoke alarm by 2015. The law, known as ‘Morange’ aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by house fires.  In the UK, most of us fit smoke alarms as standard in our homes – it’s been a legal requirement since 1997. Every year on TV, there’s an advertising campaign with hard-hitting images about the consequences of not having one.  As a result, over 90% of homes in the UK have them fitted.  A survey conducted by the UK Statistics Authority in 2010 found that over 90% of UK homes had at least one smoke alarm, but that in France, the figure was startlingly lower at 2%. House fires are responsible for over 800 deaths a year in France, so it makes sense to take heed and get one fitted.

It’s your responsibility

The responsibility of checking the alarm will fall at the feet of the homeowner, and if you own gites or are a landlord, fitting and checking the smoke alarms on those properties will also be your responsibility.

The new law also states that if you don’t fit a smoke alarm by 2015, and you have a fire, your insurance company will charge you a 5000 Euro excess if you make a claim.

It’s strange, but I wouldn’t have dreamed of not having a smoke alarm when I lived in the UK…and I regularly pressed the red button to ensure it was still working………mind you, most of the time I didn’t have to as it went off every time I made toast! Yet here in France, there wasn’t one fitted when we arrived and six months later, it hasn’t crossed our minds to get one.  We’re so focussed on all the renovation work; somehow our basic safety has been overlooked.

Don’t wait and run the risk of becoming another French statistic, get one now!

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