Whether in a workplace, at a rental property or in your own home. Fire and smoke alarm systems are designed to protect people and property, acting as an early warning system in the event of a fire. As such everyone depends on these systems to function correctly should they be needed, giving everyone enough time to safely evacuate the building. For businesses and landlords you have a legal obligation to make sure this is the case and TECC can help you with that, call us on 0330 113 1462 or fill out this form >>>>>>>>>>

We offer a range of services to cover the different property requirements – read on….

Commercial and Industrial properties

For any business that operates out of a property there needs to be consideration under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This states that all workplaces should “to the extent that is appropriate, be equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment and with fire detectors and alarms”. British Standards recommend Fire Alarm Testing should be carried out at least twice per year, if this isn’t happening then you should get in touch ASAP.

We test and inspect fixed Fire Alarm Systems to British Standard 5839-1. In addition to this we also;

  • Keep log books up to date
  • identify issues, suggest repairs and replacements where needed
  • Train onsite staff for weekly checks
  • Arrange in advance for visits – keeping you compliant

We are highly experienced in this area and use well trained staff and industry leading equipment.

Some premises may be small enough not to need to have an automatic system that alerts staff to a fire. This however does still require written risk assessments that outline how this will work in a real world situation – regular fire drills would be required.

Rental property

Owners of property that rent out to tenants have had new guidance issued which came into effect on 1st October 2022. This stipulates that all landlords must;

  1. Ensure at least one smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of their homes where there is a room used as living accommodation. This has been a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015.
  2. Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).
  3. Ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once informed and found that they are faulty.

The requirements are enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice. You can checkout more information here on the Government website or the Legislation website.

This lists the absolute minimum standards expected from Landlords – get in touch to find out how we can help keep you compliant.

Domestic property

If you are the owner and occupier of a property, ultimately the risk is yours to take by not having a proper system installed. However thought should be given to those you live with and also your home insurance – you may find they stipulate keeping a smoke alarm in working order is vital should the worst happen and a claim ever be made. This should really include;

  • Smoke alarm on each hallway or landing area in the property
  • Heat alarm in the kitchen
  • Smoke alarm anywhere you burn gas / coal / wood or any other combustible material
  • Carbon monoxide alarm anywhere you burn gas / coal / wood or any other combustible material

We have helped hundreds of customers over the years install from scratch or replace existing system when they expire. Get in touch with our team on 0330 113 1462 or fill out the form at the top of the page with as much information as possible.




Battery powered or mains?

  • Battery powered negatives;
  • People will forget to replace the batteries annually
  • People also neglect to test their battery alarms regularly
  • We have also found people remove batteries in the kitchen alarm when toast sets it off
  • Shorter lifespan in general
Battery powered positives
  • Can be installed anywhere without mains power
  • Can be replaced really easily
  • Cheaper to install than mains powered
  • Does not require a qualified electrician to install
Mains powered negatives
  • Installation takes longer and could require some planning
  • More expensive product cost and installation cost

Main powered positives;

  • In the event of a power cut, the battery backup kicks in
  • Directly wired detectors can be wired in sequence so that, if one alarm does go off in one part of the building the others will sound as well.
  • Having you alarms professionally installed means less chance of anything going wrong
  • You will have a guarantee and a warranty for servicing

For us mains powered wins almost every time, as once installed its easier in future for replacements. Get in touch for more information