There are revised requirements for smoke alarms, heat detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for registered social landlords and private dwellings.
The new standards from 1st February 2022 require all properties to have:
- one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes (normally the living room/lounge)
- one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
- one heat alarm installed in every kitchen
- all smoke and heat alarms to be ceiling mounted and interlinked
- alarms can be mains operated (with a backup battery) or tamper-proof long-life battery alarms
- Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to be fitted in all rooms where there is a fixed combustion appliance (excluding an appliance used solely for cooking) or flue.
- CO detectors must be powered by a battery designed to operate for the working life of the detector and incorporate a warning device to alert the users when its working life is due to expire.
This is now complete in all our tenants homes ahead of the deadline of 1st February 2022.