How do the recent changes to smoke alarm legislation affect your holiday let?

We at Safe Host know how difficult it is to keep up with every change in the legislation. While some legislation can be difficult to understand, we make it simple by analysing it into a digestible format. From March 2019, there have been changes regarding smoke alarms for both long term lets and holiday lets.

As we have discussed previously, smoke alarms are legally necessary for a holiday let property in various places. A smoke alarm must be installed in a room which is frequently used (for example; the living room) and also in hallways and landings. A heat detector must be installed in every kitchen. All alarms should be mounted to the ceiling and interlinked.

Previously, all alarms had to be mains wired with a backup battery, which often resulted in costly electrical installations in older homes. However, the alarms that meet the new standard are lithium battery alarms and mains-wired alarms. This new technology of lithium battery alarms is essential, as it means that as long as the expiry date is visible, the battery is lithium (as opposed to changeable batteries), and tamper proof, smoke alarms do not need to be mains wired. This new technology will make installation much simpler, although the alarms themselves are more costly.

Safe Host can perform all smoke alarm safety checks and installations in your property. Contact us today for more information.

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