One of the legislative changes for landlords introduced in 2015 was the CO & Smoke Alarm rules which mean that all landlords in England must by law provide a minimum of one smoke alarm on each floor level of a rental property and a CO alarm where solid fuel devices are provided.
As with all legislation concerning rental property it is important not just to comply with the law, but be seen to comply. This means DOCUMENATRY evidence.
With this in mind, GasSafe Europe*, who claim to be the UK’s leading provider of carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarm testing products, has launched a Triplicate Test Record Pad to help landlords provided evidence which may be required by local authority officials to prove that their CO and smoke alarms have been tested and are in working order.
The GasSafe Europe memo pad will help landlords evidence that a building’s smoke and CO alarms have been tested and are compliant with the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 2015.
The legislation requires private landlords to have working and regularly tested smoke and CO alarms at the start of every tenancy and at regular intervals in the common areas of HMO properties.
Failure to comply with the regulations will mean landlords facing fines of up to £5,000. The new legislation came in to force on 1st October 2015 and is expected to help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.
For alarms that fail the test, GasSafe Europe has also produced tamper- proof stickers that notify residents if an alarm is found to be faulty to help ensure that they are not used and are replaced.
John Stones, Managing Director of Gas Safe Europe, comments:
“With the new legislation now in force, landlords are required to have tested and working smoke and CO alarms in all residential properties. By providing new test pads and tamper-proof stickers, landlords are able to evidence their testing and compliance to environmental health officers and avoid a fine.”
Although the legislation does not specifically require it, GasSafe Europe says that to effectively test CO alarms and ensure they meet the new legislation, landlords are required to test the sensor and not rely on the so called ‘test button’ which just tests the battery, buzzer and electronic circuit. This can only be done by injecting a specific and safe level of test gas over the alarm.
To help landlords and homeowners meet the new legislation, a multi award winning, patented, Detectagas® system has been specifically designed GasSafe Europe to check the battery and sensor in alarms in one test by injecting a specific and safe level of test gas into a specially designed transparent cover over the alarm.
More information at: www.gassafeeurope.com
*GasSafe Europe – not to be confused with Gas Safe Register – www.gassaferegister.co.uk – the registrant body of gas engineers.
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