Smoke Alarms & Heat Detectors for Landlords
Smoke and heat detectors, fitted correctly, save lives. By law, landlords have to ensure that their properties are safe for their tenants to live in. They must protect tenants from electrical faults via EICR and PAT testing and they must protect their tenants from fires. To do this they must ensure that they have the right number of correctly installed smoke alarms and heat alarms installed in their rented properties.
The current statutory guidance for smoke and heat alarms in rented properties in Scotland is:
- One smoke alarm in every room which is used for general daytime living purposes
- One smoke alarm in every hallway and landing
- One heat alarm in every kitchen
- All alarms should be interlinked
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Lithium Battery Smoke Alarms
New regulations in Scotland mean that tamper-proof, long-life lithium battery smoke alarms can now be used as an alternative to mains wired smoke alarms. Like wired smoke alarms, lithium battery smoke alarms can also be interlinked. This means that if one alarm goes off, all the other linked alarms go off too. However, lithium battery smoke alarms use radio frequency signals to link to each other instead of wires. This means that they are easier to fit and don’t need channels or gaps to be cut into the ceiling etc. They also come with a 10 YEAR GUARANTEE. Find out more about our prices.
Mains Wired Smoke Alarms
Mains wired smoke alarms are still a popular choice for many homes and businesses. They are hard-wired to the mains power so are extremely reliable. They also usually have a battery for backup in case there is a power cut. Like lithium battery smoke alarms, wired smoke alarms can be easily linked together. However, since wiring is required in this type of smoke alarm system installation takes longer.
Smoke Alarms and Heat Alarms for Homes & Businesses
Smoke and heat alarms are not just for rented properties. In 2016 the Scottish fire and rescue service was called to attend over 11,000 fires which result in over 50 deaths and over 1300 injuries. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if people had has an early warning of the danger.
An audible smoke or heat detector fitted in your home or business can alert people in time for them to react. In fact, if you live in a house without a fire alarm you are 2 times more likely to die in a house fire than if you live in one that has one fitted.
If you are looking for guidance or advice on smoke alarms and heat detectors for your rented property, home or business, Aberdeen Electricians would love to hear from you. We will get your property fully protected in next to no time and for a highly competitive price.