Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors legislation
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are non-negotiable for health and safety purposes. It is not possible to monitor 24/7 for fire and air poisoning unless you have an alarm. Statistics revealed that we are 4 times more at risk in the absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
What do we need to do to be compliant with current smoke and carbon monoxide detector regulation?
A tenancy must ensure that during any period beginning on or after 1st October 2015
A smoke alarm must be equipped on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
A carbon monoxide alarm must be equipped in any room of the premises which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
Checks must be made by or on behalf of the landlord to ensure that each prescribed alarm is in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins if it is a new tenancy.
Tenants must be informed that they must regularly check that the smoke alarms are in working order. The guidelines state that tenants should take responsibility for their own safety and test the alarms regularly. It is recommended that your tenant tests the smoke alarms once a month.
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