Smoke Alarms | CO Detectors | Heat Detectors | Mains & Battery

I am qualified to supply and fit all types of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and heat detectors which can be used for a variety uses. I cover West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Some of the major towns I cover are listed on this page.

Smoke Alarm – Law

Smoke alarms are required, by law, in all rented properties. Each floor of the property should have at least one smoke alarm. The landlord (not the tenant) is responsible for the cost of the alarms and to ensure the alarms are working before the tenant moves in. The tenant is then responsible for the maintenance of the alarms which includes testing them regularly and changing the battery when it needs changing.

I usually fit battery-operated smoke alarms and they are adequate for most properties. I also fit hardwired alarms. If you have a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) then the rules for the agent or council you are letting through might be more strict. They will usually require you to have hardwired smoke alarms and a whole host of other requirements including the provision of fire doors, window locks, fire extinguishers and a fire blanket. They sometimes ask for a floor plan to ensure your property will not be overcrowded and you haven't subdivided the property into very small rooms.

Some letting agents are overly strict trying to cover themselves and ask for hardwired smoke alarms or 10-year battery life sealed smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. I am able to provide those alarms as well.

Carbon Monoxide – Law

Carbon monoxide alarms are required, by law, in every room that has a solid fuel burning appliance. It goes without saying that the safety of your tenants is of paramount importance and a carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in every room that contains a boiler and gas fire as well.

I usually supply and fit battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms but I am also able to supply hardwired units.

Heat Detector – Law

Installing a smoke alarm in the kitchen is not a good idea because of the nuisance tripping that will inevitably occur. A heat detector would be better. It would work by detecting heat in the kitchen and sounding the alarm. A heat detector is not a legal requirement but most letting agents and all councils will ask for one to be fitted. A battery operated one is available but it is more common to have a hardwired one fitted.

How To Test A Smoke Alarm Properly – Real Smoke

Simply pressing the test button on an alarm will test the battery and ensure a full electrical circuit is being made. It does not test if the sensor is working and if the alarm will go off at a critical moment when you or your tenant might be in danger. When I test a smoke alarm for functionality I introduce real smoke to the alarm in a controlled way. This is achieved by using a shroud to cover the alarm when testing it. This way the sensor is checked for any blockages and malfunctions which could occur over time. Dust, paint or grease from cooking sometimes cause a sensor to become blocked. There is a nominal charge for testing in this way. The button press test is carried out free of charge if requested.

How To Test A Carbon Monoxide Alarm Properly – Real CO

Simply pressing the test button on an alarm will test the battery and ensure a full electrical circuit is being made. It does not test if the sensor is working and if the alarm will go off at a critical moment when you or your tenant might be in danger. When I test a carbon monoxide alarm for functionality I introduce real carbon monoxide to the alarm in a controlled way. This is achieved by using a shroud to cover the alarm when testing it. This way the sensor is checked for any blockages and malfunctions which could occur over time. Dust, paint or grease from cooking sometimes cause a sensor to become blocked. There is a nominal charge for testing in this way. The button press test is carried out free of charge if requested.

How Much Are Smoke Alarms, CO Alarms, Heat Detectors & Testing?

Battery

  • Smoke alarm £10
  • Carbon monoxide alarm £20
  • Heat detector £30

Hardwired

  • Smoke alarm £50
  • Carbon monoxide alarm £60
  • Heat detector £80

Testing

  • Per alarm £5

 

Prices for the rest of my services are here.

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