With winter fast approaching unfortunately the potential risk for a house fire also increases. Now is the time to check and make sure that your rental property’s smoke alarms are working and correctly located.
Landlords are responsible for having a smoke alarm installed in their rental property. Landlords also have a duty of care to make sure that all smoke alarms are in working order.
There are many types of smoke alarms. Photoelectric alarms are recommended by most Fire Services as they are quicker to detect smoke. Buildings built after 1st August 1997 must have hardwired smoke alarms with a battery back-up installed. Buildings constructed before that can have a battery powered smoke alarms.
There’s more to checking that your Smoke Alarm is working than by just a push button test. Testing with artificial smoke, cleaning the alarms, checking alarm positioning and expiry dates are all an integral part of the testing process.
By engaging the services of a specialist Smoke Alarm service provider for a relatively minimal flat fee subscription. The provider will visit your rental property on an annual basis and undertake the maintenance and checking of all your smoke alarms giving you the peace of mind that you have met your responsibilities and duty of care.