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 by acting as an early warning system in the event of a fire. Everyone depends on these systems to function correctly in case they are needed, providing enough time for a safe evacuation of the building. For businesses and landlords, there is a legal obligation to ensure that this is the case, and TECC can assist you with that.

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Commercial and Industrial properties

For any business operating from a property, it is important to consider the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This order requires all workplaces to be equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment, fire detectors, and alarms as necessary. British Standards recommend that fire alarm testing should be conducted at least twice a year. If this is not happening, please get in touch as soon as possible.

We conduct testing and inspection of fixed Fire Alarm Systems according to British Standard 5839-1. Additionally, we:

  • Keep log books up to date
  • Identify issues, suggest necessary repairs and replacements
  • Provide training for onsite staff for their weekly checks
  • Arrange visits in advance to ensure compliance

With our extensive experience and well-trained staff using industry-leading equipment, we ensure the highest quality service. For smaller premises that may not require an automatic fire alert system, written risk assessments outlining fire response procedures and regular fire drills are necessary.

Rental Property

Owners of properties renting to tenants must comply with new guidance effective from 1st October 2022, which mandates that all landlords must:

  • Ensure that there is at least one smoke alarm on each storey of a home where there is a room used as living accommodation. This has been a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015.
  • Ensure that a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room used as living accommodation that contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).
  • Ensure faulty smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are promptly repaired or replaced upon discovery.

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

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

Domestic Property

As the owner and occupier of a property, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that a proper safety system is installed. You should also consider the safety of those you live with and the requirements of your home insurance. Home insurance policies often require the maintenance of a working smoke alarm in order to make a claim in the event of a disaster. This includes:

  • Smoke alarms in each hallway or landing area.
  • Heat alarms in the kitchen.
  • Smoke alarms in areas where gas, coal, wood, or other combustible materials are used.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms in areas where gas, coal, wood, or other combustible materials are used.