With the recent guidance published by the government – we thought you might appreciate an overview of where you should be installing these life saving devices.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

In accordance with regulations – where should they be installed? A Carbon Monoxide Alarm should be installed in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used.

Does a carbon monoxide alarm need to be installed in rooms with gas or oil appliances? No. Carbon monoxide alarms are only required in rooms containing a solid fuel burning appliance (i.e. rooms containing an open fire, log burning stove, etc). However, as gas appliances can emit carbon monoxide, we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these.

SMOKE ALARMS

In accordance with regulations – where should they be installed? At least one smoke alarm should be installed on every storey of a rental property which is used for living accommodation.

Can heat detectors be installed in place of smoke alarms? No. The regulations require smoke alarms to be installed on every storey. Heat detectors are not a replacement for smoke alarms.

What types of Smoke Alarm are there? There are two types of residential smoke alarm; optical and ionisation.

Optical smoke alarms are more effective at detecting smouldering fires. A common source of these types of fire may include cigarette burns to upholstery or bedding. Optical smoke alarms are usually installed in Living rooms, Dining rooms, Landings and Hallways.

Ionisation smoke alarms are more effective at detecting flaming fires. A common source of these types of fire may include highly flammable materials such as paper, clothing or bedding.

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