Fitting and Guidance

From 1st October 2015 regulations will require landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning. For maximum protection smoke alarms should be fitted in every room – but as a minimum, at least one should be fitted on each level of the house. brief guide to fitting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (new window, PDF 1410KB)

How to fit a smoke alarm

Simply screw the alarms into the ceiling and as close to the centre of the room, hallway or landing as possible – at least 30 centimeters (12 inches) away from any wall or light fitting. Always check the manufacturers’ instructions beforehand.

Test the alarms once you have fitted them and remind your tenants to test them regularly. Special smoke alarm kits are available for those who are deaf and hard of hearing people – your local fire and rescue service will have further advice and information.

Finally, make sure your tenants have an escape plan so they get out safely if the alarms alert them to the fact that there is a fire.

How to fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm

Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms protect residents by giving an early warning when the poisonous gas is detected in the home. Installing a CO alarm is a simple DIY task, with most detectors only requiring a couple of screws, while some are free-standing and require no installation

Ideally the alarms should be installed next to potential sources of CO in the premises and in sleeping areas. The alarms should be at a horizontal distance of between 1 to 3 metres from the potential source and at least 1.5 metres from the ceiling if fitted on a wall. Avoid putting them too close to windows or air vents.

People suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning should get fresh air immediately, open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances or extinguish other sources, leave the house and see a doctor.