As a responsible landlord, you want to ensure your tenants are properly protected from the risks of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. You will also be aware of your legal responsibility to provide and maintain sufficient smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. T&R Sutton has a wealth of experience in providing smoke and carbon monoxide detector installation services to landlords of rental properties across Hampshire.
Installing Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A smoke or carbon monoxide detector that is not properly installed or maintained is just as dangerous as none. They simply will not be able to function properly and warn your tenants of potential risks. In 2018, firefighters responded to about 7500 house fires in homes equipped with battery-powered smoke alarms. 38% of these smoke detectors did not beep. The incorrect placement was the leading cause of failure (45%), followed by missing or damaged batteries (28%).
When fitted by a trained specialist, mains powered smoke alarms are significantly more reliable than battery powered equivalents. Mains-powered alarms are the greatest way to protect your home and keep your tenants safe. A mains-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detector simply cannot be beaten in terms of safety, efficiency, ease of maintenance, and regulatory compliance. Finally, and most significantly for landlords, mains powered detectors come with professional installation.
It is critical that you use an experienced, certified, and qualified electrician to install your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure the safety of your renters and the protection of your property. At T&R Sutton, we recognise how important it is that the electrician who installs your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is well-versed in the requirements. As Hampshire’s local specialists in landlord electrical services, we've made it our mission to go above and above when it comes to compliance.
Where Should Smoke Detectors Be Installed?
It is a legal requirement that at least one smoke alarm be installed on each floor of a house that is utilised as living accommodation. It is also suggested that smoke alarms be fitted in each bedroom to protect your tenants. Smoke detectors should be put as high as possible on the walls or as centrally as possible on the ceilings. In addition, they must be at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances. To be effective, a smoke alarm installed on a wall must be within 12 inches of the ceiling. There are numerous more limitations and suggestions for placing smoke detectors. A trained and experienced electrician should be contacted to ensure a safe and effective installation.
Where Should Carbon Monoxide Detectors Be Installed?
In accordance with the regulations, "a carbon monoxide alarm should be fitted in any room used as residential accommodation that has a piece of fixed combustion equipment (excluding gas stoves). It is also recommended that you install a carbon monoxide alarm, similar to smoke detectors, on each level of your home and in each bedroom. A carbon monoxide alarm should not be installed in every place. Several places can cause false alarms or stop your carbon monoxide detector from working properly:
Located too near to a fuel burning appliance.
In a humid location such as a bathroom.
In direct sunlight.
Near fans or vents.
There are also different setting requirements depending on the presence of a fuel-burning appliance or not. As you can see setting up a carbon monoxide detector correctly requires considerable knowledge and careful planning.
T&R Sutton is here to help keep your tenants and property safe. If need an expert installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, we are your local, reliable electricians. All our electricians are fully qualified, NICEIC registered and highly experienced in the provision of electrical services to landlords.