The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 are to become mandatory for social housing landlords.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 are to be amended. The draft amendments to the regulations have been published, with the changes intended to come in to effect on 1st October 2022.
Key changes to The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022.
The 2022 amendment to The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 will mean:
- Social landlords will be required to provide a smoke alarm on every storey within a dwelling property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
- Both social and private landlords will be required to provide carbon monoxide alarms in any room of a dwelling property used wholly or partly as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is present (excluding gas cookers).
- Landlords will be required to repair or replace any fire or carbon monoxide alarm which is found to be faulty during the period of a tenancy, and landlords will be required to repair or replace alarms as soon as reasonably practicable.
ALARP – As low as reasonably practicable
Although the regulations use the term ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’, we believe the definitions of ALARP – as low as reasonably practicable and SFAIRP – so far as is reasonably practicable, apply.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide information on ALARP and its meaning in their guidance web article ‘ALARP at a glance’.
How does the amended Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations affect social housing landlords?
At present, private landlords must have one smoke alarm installed on each storey within a dwelling property and a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed where there is a solid fuel appliance, such as an open fire.
The draft amended regulations 2022 stipulate that a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is to be installed in locations where fuel burning appliances are present with the exception of gas cookers.
The regulations now apply to social housing landlords which means those who manage the fire safety within social housing dwellings need to ensure their stock within scope meet the regulations.
What do our consultants say?
New Terra Compliance fire safety principal consultant, Dan Jackson says:
“We are often asked by social landlords if there is a contradiction between The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations and BS 5839-6, as the minimum recommendation within the British Standard differs to the Regulations.
One must understand that Regulations and Codes of Practice / Guidance Documents are not the same. They serve different purposes.
Although the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations inform the minimum number of alarms, they do not provide information on how to design and install domestic fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarm systems.
We advise that a robust method to provide a sufficient fire alarm system within a dwelling could be to apply BS 5839-6 or for carbon monoxide alarm systems for detecting toxic levels of CO within dwellings could be to apply BS EN 50292.”
If you are a social landlord seeking further advice on domestic fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarm systems, please contact our friendly team email@example.com.