AICO Offers New Advice On Smoke and CO Alarms For Landlords

Landlords GuideWith changes to the law in England and Scotland relating to the use of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms in privately rented properties, Aico has updated its well received ‘Landlord’s Guide to Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms’.  

Aico is the market leader in residential Fire and CO protection in the UK and provides a unique level of expert technical support to help Landlords improve tenant safety, meet standards and get the most from their Smoke and CO Alarms.

The revised guide is designed to be informative yet concise and has been created specifically for busy Landlords in the private rental sector who want to understand how to best protect their tenants from the dangers of Fire and CO poisoning in the home and understand the legal requirements.

The Landlord’s Guide explains the responsibilities a Landlord has to their tenants, referring to the British Standard for domestic Fire Alarms systems, BS 5839-6:2013; the British and European Standard for CO Alarms systems, BS EN 50292:2013; and the law, which varies across the UK.  

In England, the law changed in October 2015 to require all private tenanted properties to have working Smoke Alarms installed on every level of the property and working CO Alarms in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance.  In Scotland the law changed in December 2015 to require all private tenanted properties to have working CO Alarms in every room or interconnected space where there is a fixed combustion appliance (excluding those used solely for cooking).  Aico’s new website www.aico.co.uk has a dedicated area detailing all the British Standards, Building Regulations and a full break down of the new Landlord’s legislation coving both fire and CO.

The Guide also helps to highlight potential fire and CO risks within a home, identifying the major causes of death from fire and possible sources of CO leaks to enable Landlords to make informed decisions about how best to protect individual properties and tenants.

Advice is offered on what type of alarm sensors Landlords should use and where they should be fitted within a property, explaining why alarms should be connected together, along with ways to minimise mess and disruption when the alarms are being fitted.  Alarm maintenance and replacement are also covered, in the Frequently Asked Questions section, to ensure Landlords have everything they need.

Landlords can download or register for their free postal copy of the ‘Landlord’s Guide to Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms’ on the new Aico website at www.aico.co.uk/publications.  The new website offers Technical Support for a wide variety of issues faced by Landlords including how to change the alarm batteries and what to do if alarms start beeping.

 

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