New Rules, New Alarm

October is right around the corner. Usually, that just means brilliant autumn foliage and overpriced pumpkin spice lattes. But this year, the first of the month will also usher in new regulations for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms in England.

We won’t bore you to rigor mortis with all of the details, but there are a few important things to note.

  1. Landlords need to install a smoke alarm on each storey where “there is a room used […] as living accommodation”
  2. Landlords need to install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in every room “which is used […] as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance”
  3. If you spend “a significant amount of time” in a room, it counts as “living accommodation”, even the bathroom.
  4. You can kill the proverbial two birds with one stone* by installing Kidde’s Smoke & CO Alarm.

For example, if you have a living room or a kitchen with a solid fuel burning appliance (fireplace, coal-burning stove, etc.), that room needs a CO alarm. But you also need a smoke alarm on that storey. So, why buy two alarms when you can tick both boxes with one of Kidde’s combination alarms?

For more info about Kidde, check out their full range of smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms. And if you’re interested in the new regulations, peruse this helpful Q&A Booklet or read the complete draft legislation.

*Please note: we do not actually advocate the stoning of innocent birds. That’s just cruel. What kind of a blog do you think this is?

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