Smoke and Fire Alarm Interlinking Ayrshire
Energy Certificates Scotland not only specialise in certificates for landlords – our expert engineers also install and interlink fire alarms to properties across Ayrshire.
If you own a property in Ayrshire, you have a responsibility towards it, to ensure that it is kept safe, and also that anyone who lives in that property is safe too. This is always the case when you are a property owner, no matter whether you are living there with your own family, or whether you let out the property to others.
You may sometimes feel that taking care of your property is a little overwhelming, as there are so many things that you need to think about in order to keep everyone within the property as safe as possible at all times. However, one of the best things to consider first is fire safety – because house fires in Ayrshire kill people regularly, and cause harm to many others.
For the first time, there will be a legal requirement for all homes in Scotland – whether rented or private – to have an interlinked smoke detector system. The regulations have been triggered largely thanks to the attention demanded by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, as the government have truly come to realise just how important fire safety within properties really is. We have put together some information about everything you need to know, and this will help you to get things in order to make sure that your property complies with all necessary requirements.
What changes with the new regulations?
If you live in a property that already has smoke alarms, you may think that you don’t need to worry about the new regulations, however this may not be the case. From February 2022, you will need to make sure that you have an interlinked system within your home, and all alarms that are included in the system need to be ceiling mounted. New build homes will likely already have these kinds of systems installed, but you should always check that this is the case, to make sure that you are acting within the law. In addition to the smoke alarms, you will also need to have a carbon monoxide detector set up if your property uses any gas appliances, such as fireplaces or boilers.
Where should my alarms be placed?
There are a number of space which will need to have alarms installed. These include the room that is used most during the day (so for many, this will be a lounge/living room), the kitchen, and any circulation spaces, for example hallways and landings. If you use gas appliances in the home, including a boiler, you will also need to have a carbon monoxide detector. This, however, does not need to be connected to the smoke alarms.
Why do the alarms need to be interlinked?
In some properties, you may find that when a smoke alarm is triggered, the sound is not heard by everyone in the property. This means that if there is an emergency, some people in the household may not get the warning that they need to allow them to get out of the property before they are harmed. With an interlinked system however, all alarms will sound when one is triggered, giving everyone the best possible chance of getting to safety in time. You can choose either a sealed battery alarm or a mains wired alarm – both of which are acceptable, and both of which operate using radio waves, which means you don’t have to rely on the stability of your internet connection.
Which alarm should I choose?
There are lots of alarms that you can choose from, and this means that you may be a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing one that meets your requirements. The best thing to do is to read reviews of the products, as this gives you a chance to see what other people have thought about them. In addition, you should always ensure that you are choosing an alarm made by a brand that you recognise, and that you’re buying from a reputable source. You can expect an alarm system for an average two storey house to cost around £220, with an extra fee if you need someone to fit the system for you. If you’re struggling with the cost, you may benefit from grants that are available to you if you are elderly or disabled. It is important that you know what you are entitled to, as the system needs to be in place as soon as possible.
Why is it so important to get a smoke alarm fitted?
You only have to do a quick search on the internet to see how many people in the Ayrshire area are injured or killed as a result of house fires. When you see the statistics for yourself, you will see exactly why the new regulations are being brought into force.
A smoke alarm will alert you to the presence of smoke in your property as early as possible, often before a fire has even broken out. This gives you as much time as possible to get out of the property, and will also mean that the fire brigade can be called sooner, giving them a greater chance of getting the fire under control, and therefore avoiding the damage to your property being as bad as it might otherwise have been. Smoke inhalation is often the cause of death in house fires rather than the fire itself, and having a system in place that alerts you to this will mean that your home is much safe than it was before.
Considering the sheer number of people who suffer as a result of fire damage at the property, you will see exactly why it is so important that all homes come into line with the new requirements as soon as possible. Although you do have until February 2022 to get everything in place, it makes a lot of sense to try and install a system as soon as you can, as this means that you will be protected as soon as possible.
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