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Your Guide For Smoke Alarm Positioning To Meet Building Regulations

What are the Building Regulations?  Building Regulations are the minimum standards set for the design, construction and alterations to buildings. They are regularly changed and updated by Government, and are approved by Parliament. Fundamentally, the Building Regulations work to ensure the health and safety of those using the building, and help conserve on fuel and power. They cover all aspects of construction, including foundations, damp-proofing, the overall stability of the building, insulation, ventilation, heating, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire. They also ensure that adequate facilities for people with disabilities are provided in certain types of building.
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Are Smoke Alarms Meant To Connect?

Different ways smoke alarms can connect Smoke alarms can interlink in a number of ways: they can be hardwired, wireless (e.g. connected via radio frequency) or part of a mixed system. The simplest and quickest way to connect/interlink alarms is via wireless radio-frequency as this requires no destructive hardwired cabling. Not only does this reduce installation time, but it allows up to 50 alarms to be easily installed (or uninstalled) into the same meshed network. Please see FireAngel’s “How to Learn In” blog post for a quick and simple tutorial on how to connect your smoke alarms.
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How To 'Learn In' Smoke Alarms To Create An Enhanced Fire Safety Network

What is the 'Learn in' process to interlink alarms ? The process of 'learning in' is a simple and intelligent way of wirelessly interlinking up to 50 different Wi-Safe 2 fire safety devices in a property. Interlinking alarms is highly beneficial to residents as, when one alarm detects a problem, all the smoke/heat/ carbon monoxide (CO) alarms within the wireless network will sound. Not only with this alert occupants (regardless of where they are in the home) but for Wi-Safe 2 products, this will also exemplify the type of problem.
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What Is FireAngel Multi-Sensor Technology?

What is multi-sensor technology? As technology advances, fire safety is becoming increasingly advanced, readily available, and affordable. At the forefront of this is multi sensor technology - whereby smoke alarm units are monitoring for more than one indication of fire - hence giving a quicker, more reliable, and faster reaction in the event of fire.
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Fire Risk Assessment Checklist For Sleeping Accommodation

Whilst a fire risk assessment process, hazards, people at risk and the evaluation of these risks will be highly specific to the premises at hand, this article aims to give a broad overview of the key considerations for providers of sleeping accommodation.   What is a fire risk assessment? Landlord's have a legal duty to ensure that their rented property is safe from fire. A fire risk assessment is evidence that you have fulfilled your responsibilities. 
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What To Look For In A Carbon Monoxide Detector And Where To Fit

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that cannot be smelled, tasted or seen. A by-product of incomplete combustion, CO can be produced in the home when fuel-burning appliances (such as boilers, gas fires and cookers) develop a fault, or are poorly maintained.
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Your smoke alarm needs replacing every 10 years! Have you checked the date?

Did you know your smoke alarm needs replacing every 10 years? As is the case with the majority of our home electrical devices, smoke alarms cannot last forever. Smoke alarm sensors will degrade over time, leading to a reduced sensitivity in detecting heat or smoke. As a result, fire alarms need to be replaced every 10 years. Yet a worrying number of people are not aware of the fact that their fire alarms may need replacing.
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Social Housing CO Legislation (England)

Ensuring tenants safety is one of the most pressing issues for registered providers. England’s social landlords accommodate around 17% of all households in the UK, and a large proportion of these are vulnerable tenants - individuals who are likely to need extra help or protection in the home. Whilst there are a variety of fire hazards that tenants need to be aware of, the dangers of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) in the home are often overlooked or unknown, yet CO poisoning accounts for up to 4,000 medical visits a year in England. As the symptoms are often mistaken for that of flu, and the gas cannot be naturally detected by human senses, there is an increasing pressure on social housing associations and landlords to do their utmost to protect their tenants from this deadly gas.  
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A Social Housing Tenants Guide To Fire Safety

In England and Wales there are two principal pieces of legislation which cover fire safety in housing. These are the Housing Act 2004 (including the Housing Health and Safety Rating System) and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Under these legislations, registered providers/ social landlords (be they Local Authorities or Housing Associations) have a responsibility to ensure their tenants and properties are safe. Whilst social landlords may face criminal prosecution if they fail to meet these legislations, it is also important that their duty of care extends to educating their tenants about fire safety to ensure they act and feel safe in the home.
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A Tenant's Guide To Fire Safety In Rented Accommodation

Whilst the implementation of fire safety in private rental accommodation is a primary objective of the landlord, it is vital that tenants are also aware of their landlord’s responsibilities, as well as their own. The following blog post aims to provide a broad guide for tenants to use in order to ensure there is an adequate level of fire safety in their rented accommodation, with a selection of resources and guides to refer to.
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