Smoke Fire & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Corr Electrical Services Ltd can Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Smoke, and Heat Detectors in all properties that are Privately Rented , owned by Organisations, Privately Owned or why not have them installed when you are having an, electrical equipment PAT Test, of your Electrical Appliances.
Smoke Detector Should Be Hardwired
Detectors or Alarms should be wired, to work off the main electricity supply alongside a backup power supply A Battery, as is often the case that when batteries run out they are usually the last thing you think to replace once they are removed to prevent the smoke detector chirping which is there for a reason TO SAVE YOUR LIFE"
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A PDF of the Fire Statistics in Great Britain for 2013-14 can be downloaded here:
Our fully qualified electrician’s can suggest on the best location to have detectors fitted, as certain alarms can be triggered by various activities, such as cooking, you would not place certain alarms outside the kitchen or outside a bathroom where steam from a bath or shower could set them off.
Smoke and Fire Detectors
The biggest advantage to having detectors wired into the main power supply is that there is no need to worry about battery life if they go flat the detectors will still work; however, they must be replaced as a backup power supply in case of power failure.
You also need to be made aware that even mains-powered detectors only have a certain shelf life, they should be replace at a push, every 10 years at a minimum to ensure they are working correctly.
You can download a PDF of the HOUSING (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006 GUIDANCE ON SATISFACTORY PROVISION FOR DETECTING AND WARNING OF FIRES here;
The 4 main types of smoke and fire detectors:
Ionised Smoke Alarms
The least expensive, very sensitive at detecting smoke from fast-burning flames but less effective with slow-burning fires
Optical Smoke Alarms
More expensive, but more adept at detecting large particles of smoke from slow-burning fires, can be installed near kitchens, as they are less likely to be triggered by smoke from burnt food.
A Heat Alarm
An alarm fitted in their kitchen, not sensitive to smoke and works by recognising a significant rise in temperature instead, such as that caused by a fire.
Combined alarms are simply combinations of detectors, such as ionisation and optical model
- Carbon Monoxide detection are also a life saver, however most folk never seem to think about until it is too late, you hear people talking about smoke alarms but very seldom do you hear them say I will need to get a Carbon Monoxide alarm installed!
- Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless.
- Carbon Monoxide at worst its effects are fatal, so the sooner it is detected the better.
- People do not know they are suffering from CO poisoning until it is too late.
- Carbon monoxide is mainly leaked by faulty or badly-maintained fuel-burning appliances and is known as the silent killer, the Scottish Government are urging landlords who rent private dwellings to install carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.
You could buy one and stick it to the wall with its batteries, but how many times would you replace them before forgetting them (It only takes One Time) have them wired to the main and a battery backup for peace of mind.
Research released by Shelter Scotland showed that around 20 people a year die in the UK from carbon monoxide poisoning
Audible carbon monoxide alarms detect the presence of the excess CO and warn residents accordingly before it's too late.
Statistics for Fire and Rescue In Scotland can be found using this link
Although they are simple to install just using a battery for power (however it should be wired to the mains electricity supply), carbon monoxide detectors should be fitted as per the manufacturer's instructions and serviced accordingly to avoid any potential warranty issues.
By law (section 22 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014) and takes effect from 1 December 2015, landlords must provide fire-detection and CO (Carbon Monoxide) equipment (e.g. a smoke alarm) in their property, these should be mains powered with a standby power supply (a Battery).
A dwelling should have satisfactory provision for detecting Fires, Smoke & CO and give warning in the event of fire or suspected fire.
Not only is it in your tenants interest, but it in your best interest of any landlord as the sooner any fire the sooner it can be Extinguished resulting in less damage to your property.
A PDF ON SATISFACTORY PROVISION FOR DETECTING AND WARNING OF CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS IN PRIVATE RENTED HOUSING can be found here to help :
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