With the impending changes to the law regarding smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm provision in rented property, many landlords are now weighing up their options when it comes to choosing the best solution to protect their properties and tenants.
The changes scheduled to come into place in October 2015 mean that if you have not yet installed smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your rental properties, you must do so. You must also ensure that there is at least one smoke alarm per floor, as well as CO alarms present in any rooms containing a fuel burning appliance – both of which are new requirements.
Even for those who already have alarms in place, can you be confident they are protecting your property and tenants as well as they should? With the renewed focus on fire safety brought about by this impending change to legislation, now is the time to review the alarms you have in place and make sure you and your properties are protected.
As you may know, if you manage a property built prior to 1992 then the option of battery powered alarms is open. However, if the property was built after this date, you are obliged to install a mains powered type alarm if providing one for your tenants. In either case, you must also ensure that alarms are in good working order when the tenancy begins.
Battery powered longlife alarms ensure that you do not have to worry about the batteries running out leaving the tenants and your property unprotected. Should your rental property be large or have several floors, it is also important to raise the alarm throughout the entire property to avoid the alarm not being heard in bedrooms or other remote rooms. This can be achieved with radio-interlinked smoke alarms. These ensure that the alarm is heard throughout the entire building, which saves valuable seconds, ensuring a quicker escape for your tenants and a faster response by the fire service.
Safelincs offers a vast amount of fire safety information on its website. There is also a specific fire safety section aimed at landlords. In addition landlords can discuss fire safety problems with experts on Safelincs’ fire safety forum.
To purchase smoke and CO alarms, please contact Safelincs on 0800 612 7938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org