Smoke detectors are life-saving pieces of equipment. It is a legal requirement to have a fully operational fire detection system installed in your property.
As a landlord or estate agent, you have a duty of care to ensure you use the correct skilled tradesperson for your smoke detector maintenance.
Not just anyone can check a smoke alarm. Did you know smoke detectors need to be tested by someone electrically trained? Every engineer is electrically trained at NSI. Failure to show you have instructed the correct trader could render you liable.
All rental properties in England now come under a higher detection level requirement than ever before.
Landlords must follow the Domestic Fire Alarm Regulations (BS5839-6:2019). This requires landlords to have;
To pass the minimum requirements, the grade (the type of detector used) must meet the D1 grade.
The minimum category (the coverage the property has) must fall into the LD2 category.
All smoke detectors must be interlinked (connected to one another). When connected they will all be activated at the same time ensuring everyone in the property is alerted. There are 2 ways they can be connected to each other: