Smoke and Fire Awareness in Properties

The Importance in smoke alarm care and regular testing during your tenancy
It has been brought to our attention that some tenants are still not testing the smoke alarms in their properties on a routine basis, therefore, we wanted to share some basic help and advice with instructions for your safety.

Testing Domestic Home smoke alarm

Start of Tenancy

At the beginning of the tenancy a smoke alarm would have been installed and tested, as per noted on the Check In / Inventory / Schedule of Condition which will also have the locations throughout the property.

During Tenancy

Once a week – check the alarm by pressing the test button.
Once a month – vacuum and wipe the smoke alarm casing.
Ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor chamber.
If the smoke alarm is making an intermittent bleeping/chirping noise, please follow these steps:

• Check that the smoke alarm is the source of the bleeping/chirping; make sure the noise isn’t coming from another alarm (smoke/carbon monoxide/gas/burglar alarm) by process of elimination.
• the alarm as per the instructions above.
• Test the alarm by pressing the ‘Test’ button.
• Change the battery (unless it’s a ten-year alarm).
• Check that you always have clear access to escape routes.

Carbon Monoxide (Co alarms)

A property should have a carbon monoxide (Co) alarm fitted in any room that is used partly or wholly as living accommodation which also contains any appliance that burns, or can burn, solid fuel, e.g. an open fire, log burner, etc. Gas is not a solid fuel and so there is no requirement to fit one near a gas boiler.

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