A breakdown on The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

A breakdown on The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Following on from this post.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 have been approved by parliament and will come into force as planned on 1 October 2015. Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

 What do the regulations require?
The regulations require private rented sector landlords, from 1 October 2015, to have:

  • At least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental property which is used as living accommodation.
  • A carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used. After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

Who is responsible for checking the required alarms are in working order?
The regulations require landlords to ensure alarms are installed in their properties with effect from 1 October 2015. After that the landlord (or someone acting on behalf of the landlord) must ensure all alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. After the landlord’s test on the first day of the tenancy, tenants should take responsibility for their own safety and test all alarms regularly to make sure they are in working order. Testing monthly is generally considered an appropriate frequency for smoke alarms. If tenants find that their alarm(s) are not in working order during the tenancy, they are advised to arrange the replacement of the batteries or the alarm itself with the relevant landlord.

Is there a ‘grace’ period for landlords?
No. Landlords are expected to be compliant from 1 October 2015. There will be no grace period after this date to install the required alarms.

When must the alarms be checked?
For each new tenancy beginning on or after 1 October 2015, landlords must check that the required alarms are in working order on the first day of the tenancy. The first day of the 7 tenancy is the date stipulated in the tenancy agreement, even where the tenant decides to actually move into the property on a later date.

Exclusions from the Requirements:

  1. Social housing
  2. Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)
  3. Live-in landlords
  4. Long leases
  5. Student halls of residence
  6. Hostels and refuges
  7. Care homes, hospitals, hospices and other NHS accommodation

FAQ: Alarms

What type of alarm should be installed?
The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarms (such as hard wired or battery powered) to be installed. Landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenants.

Can heat detectors be installed in place of smoke alarms?
No. The regulations require smoke alarms to be installed on every storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. Heat detectors are not a replacement for smoke alarms.

Does a carbon monoxide alarm need to be installed in rooms with gas or oil appliances?
No. Carbon monoxide alarms are only required in rooms containing a solid fuel burning appliance (i.e. rooms containing an open fire, log burning stove, etc.). However, as gas appliances can emit carbon monoxide, we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these.

Should alarms be situated in a certain place?
The regulations do not stipulate where the alarms should be placed, just that at least one smoke alarm should be on every storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance.

You should follow the individual manufacturer’s instructions when installing the alarms. However, in general, smoke alarms should be fixed to the ceiling in a circulation space, i.e. a hall or a landing, and carbon monoxide alarms should be positioned at head height, either on a wall or shelf, approximately 1-3 metres away from a potential source of carbon monoxide. If needed, your local fire and rescue authority may be able to provide further advice on installation or you can download fire safety information from www.gov.uk/firekills


Relevant landlord.
A ‘relevant landlord’ is the immediate landlord in respect of the tenancy

New tenancy.
A ‘new tenancy’ is a tenancy agreement that begins on or after 1 October 2015 and is not a renewal of a previous tenancy agreement.

Living accommodation.
The regulations require at least one smoke alarm to be installed on every storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. A carbon monoxide alarm must be installed in any room which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance. In general, a room is classed as “living accommodation” if it is used for the primary purposes of living, or is a room in which a person spends a significant amount of time. The regulations specifically stipulate that a bathroom or lavatory would be classed as living accommodation.

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Nest Protect: The Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm Reinvited

These products should keep us safe, not annoy us. Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home.

It speaks to you, telling you where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives you a friendly Heads-Up warning that you can silence with a wave of your hand – no more swinging towels or brooms to try to quiet a false alarm. It integrates with your mobile devices and even messages you if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp.

“With our first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, we set out to help people reduce home energy use,” said Tony Fadell, Nest founder and chief executive officer. “Now, we’re turning our attention to something that’s also important: keeping families safe in their homes. We’ve all experienced the smoke alarm going off while we’re cooking or searched for the source of that incessant low-battery chirp in the middle of the night. Every time a smoke alarm cries wolf, we trust it a little less, and then – in a moment of frustration – we rip the batteries out to stop the beeping. And that leaves us and our families at risk.”

According to a study by the National Fire Protection Agency of smoke alarms that failed to activate during home fires, 73 percent of them had dead, missing or disconnected batteries. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected smoke alarms.

“Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” said Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. “It was unacceptable to us that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. These products are required by law and are supposed to keep us safe, yet people hate them. We wanted to change that, so we created Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide.”

Product Features

High-quality smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Nest Protect is a multi-criteria detector with heat, CO, and smoke sensors that work together to detect danger.

Heads-Up. If Nest Protect sees that smoke or CO levels are rising but have not yet reached emergency alarm levels, it will give you an early warning so it can avoid crying wolf.

Nest Wave. No need to wave towels or climb on chairs. Nest Protect lets you silence nuisance alarms with a wave of your hand.

Mobile notifications. Connect Nest Protect to your free Nest account using Wi-Fi and you can receive low-battery alerts, Heads Up and emergency alarm notifications on your smartphone or tablet. In an emergency, the What to Do feature will remind you of recommended actions and give you one-button access to an emergency phone number.

Nightly Promise. Sleep safe and sound. Before you doze off, Nest Protect shows you its sensors and batteries are working with a quick green glow after you turn off the lights so low-battery chirps don’t rattle your dreams.

Pathlight. Nest Protect offers more than just smoke and CO warnings. Its LED lights can be a night light in your home. When it’s dark, Nest Protect will light your way as you walk underneath it.

Vocal alarms. According to a study by Victoria University, children can sleep through beeping smoke alarms. So in addition to alarm sounds, Nest Protect uses female Voice Alarms to help wake sleeping children in case of emergency.

More sensors, more features. Nest Protect’s sensors include a photoelectric smoke sensor, CO sensor, heat sensor, light sensor, ultrasonic sensors and activity sensor. Together, they analyze smoke and CO levels, see when you wave, and light your way at night.

Wireless interconnect. If you have more than one Nest Protect, they connect so you’ll hear alarms from all Nest Protects in your home, even if the danger is in only one room.

Design. Nest Protect introduces a distinctive square shape with a white sunflower pattern. A black version will be available only at www.nest.com.

Multiple languages. In the U.S., Nest Protect offers voice alerts in both English and Spanish. Simply select your preferred language during setup.

Better Together

For families that have both the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect, a free Nest user account allows the products to work together. If Nest Protect’s carbon monoxide alarm goes off, your Nest thermostat automatically turns off your gas furnace, a possible source of poisonous carbon monoxide leaks. In addition, the Nest Protect activity sensors improve the Auto-Away feature of your Nest thermostat.

New Nest App

The Nest app on iOS, Android and the Web can be used to set up, control, and get alerts for both Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat. Available in English, Spanish and French, the Nest app will be updated with a new design and new features when Nest Protect ships.

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A Brief Guide Of Carbon Monoxide Posioning

A Brief Guide Of Carbon Monoxide Posioning

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.

Where is Carbon Monoxide found?

Carbon monoxide is found in combustion fumes produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, lanterns stoves, burning charcoal, gas ranges and heating systems. Carbon monoxide from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned by breathing it.

What are the symptoms of Carbon monoxide poisoning?

·         Headache

·          Confusion

·         Dizziness

·         Weakness

·         Nausea and Vomiting

·         Chest Pain

High levels of inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and death. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms impersonate other illnesses. People who are intoxicated can die from Carbon monoxide poisoning before experiencing any symptoms.

How does Carbon Monoxide poisoning work?

Red blood cells pick up Carbon monoxide quicker than they pick up oxygen. If there is a lot of the gas in the air the body may replace oxygen in blood with carbon monoxide. This blocks oxygen from getting into the body, which cause damage to tissues and result in death.

Who is at risk from Carbon monoxide poisoning?

Everyone whether it people or animals are at risk from Carbon monoxide poisoning. Unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease or respiratory problems are more vulnerable to its effects.

How can I prevent CO poisoning from my home appliances?

Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas appliances serviced by a Gas Registered engineers every year. If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator’s cooling unit have an engineer to service it. This could mean an odor from the cooling unit of your gas refrigerator can mean you have a defect in the cooling unit. It could also be giving off Carbon monoxide. Install a battery-operated or battery back-up Carbon monoxide detector in your home. Always check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.

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