Fire Alarms/Smoke Alarms

Protect your home or business with a Fire Alarm or Smoke Alarm

Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (eg a coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

The requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.


Amendments to Schedule 4 to the Housing Act 2004

Where the house is in England—

1. To ensure that a smoke alarm is installed on each storey of the house on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation, and
2. To keep each such alarm in proper working order;
3. The landlord should ensure that a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room in the house which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance;
4. To keep any such alarm in proper working order; and
5. To supply the authority, on demand, with a declaration by him as to the condition and positioning of any such alarms in rooms and also includes a hall or a landing.

What can we do to ensure you meet the current amendments?

TES will ascertain all of the information on your property i.e. carrying out a fire risk assessment and advise you if you are complying with the Housing Act 2004 amendment 2015 or meeting the current regulations (BS5839 Part 1 for your non domestic property or BS5839 Part 6 for your domestic property). Having a fire alarm/smoke alarm installed will alert you of a fire and will give you a much better chance of escaping from a fire.

Common categories of Smoke Alarm Systems for a domestic premises

There are many different categories of Smoke Alarm systems. The most

common categories for domestic premises are:

  • Grade F – System of one or more battery powered smoke alarms, heat alarms & CO2 alarms
  • Grade E – System of interlinked mains wired smoke alarms, heat alarms & CO2 alarms with NO stand-by supply. The interlink between the alarms can be fixed wired or radio-interlinked.
  • Grade D (Recommended) – System incorporating one or more interlinked mains wired smoke alarms, heat alarms & CO2 alarms each with an integral stand-by supply. The interlink can be hardwired or radio-interlinked.

Mains-wired alarms with battery backup

Mains powered alarms with battery backup are the most reliable domestic smoke alarms as they are fixed wired into your main power supply and if the power supply is lost, they will have a battery backup. We always recommend smoke alarms that have a 10 year life span so you will not have to worry about the battery dying or having to fiddle with the alarm for a replacement.

Interlinked smoke alarms

interlinking your smoke alarms are recommended as you may not be fully aware of a fire in one section of the building. By interlinking your alarms you will be fully aware of a fire wherever it may be inside your building. When one alarm is triggered all of the alarms will trigger an alert sound

Common categories of Fire Alarm systems for a commercial premises

There are many different categories of Fire Alarm Systems. The most common categories for commercial premises are:

Category L3

Category L3 requires manual call points (MCPs) to be installed in escape routes and smoke alarms, heat alarms to be installed in all rooms, corridors and compartments that open onto escape routes.

Category L1

Category L1 systems are the “Greatest” in life protection as they recommend both manual call points (MCPs) and smoke alarms, heat alarms be installed throughout the entire premises.

Fire alarms with strobe lighting and vibrating pads

Strobe lights and vibrating pads can be added to your fire alarm system to aid elderly people or people who suffer with hearing difficulties. The flashing strobe light will alert a person with hearing difficulties along with a vibrating pad that can be placed under your pillow to alert you when you ar asleep

Key Facts About Fire /Smoke Alarms

  • Fire/Smoke Alarms are a vital safety feature in keeping you and your property safe
  • You should have your Fire/Smoke Alarms tested regularly to make sure they are in a good working order
  • You can be fined up to £5,000 If a Landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice to install Fire/Smoke Alarms
  • TES can arrange a site visit to carry out a fire risk assessment to ascertain the category of fire/smoke alarms needed at your property

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