Why Fire Alarms & Smoke Alarms Are Important

Why Fire Alarms & Smoke Alarms Are Important

9 March 2021

Sadly, 215 people lost their lives because of a fire in the home in the year ending June 2019.

You may be shocked to learn that you’re almost 8 times more likely to die in a fire-related incident when you do not have a smoke alarm fitted in your home which is in full working condition.

According to The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, it is a legal requirement to have a minimum of one smoke alarm per floor of a home, plus carbon monoxide alarms for any rooms which may contain a gas appliance or solid fuel-burning stove.

Per the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, all landlords are legally required to have a fire risk assessment performed on their properties on a periodic basis. A fire risk assessment is likely to, and ought to, advise that alarms be interlinked. This is so that, in the event of a fire, any person in the property can evacuate as quickly and as safely as possible once the alarm is officially raised.

Fitting smoke alarms? Here are the places you should be installing them:

  • Landings
  • Hallways
  • High-risk areas such as living rooms
  • Kitchen (heat alarm)

Fitting carbon monoxide alarms? Here are the places you should be installing them:

  • Rooms with a fuel-burning appliance:
    • Gas cooker
    • Boiler
    • Open fire
  • Rooms in which people sleep
  • Rooms in which people spend most of their time
  • Rooms that have a flue running through

In a similar way to perishable food items, smoke alarms, heat alarms and carbon monoxide alarms have an expiry date; this is because they have sensors that eventually wear out over time. This means they will have less sensitivity for the detection of smoke, heat or carbon monoxide and therefore could put lives at risk if not replaced.

It’s recommended that you replace your fire alarms and smoke detectors every 10 years, helping to keep anyone in your building safe.

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