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Mains interlinked smoke alarms in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Goverment has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. Below we have detailed the main points relating to smoke detectors from the revised Domestic Technical Handbook.

1) One functioning smoke alarm in the* room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes

2) One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings

3) One heat alarm in every kitchen

4) All alarms should be interlinked

5) The number and position of alarms will depend on the size and layout of the house, but there should be at least one alarm on each floor

6) The landlord should either install smoke and fire alarms that meet the standard set by building regulations or be able to justify why a lesser level of protection is appropiate in a particular property

7) Some properties may be required to meet more stringent standards, in which case further alarms may be needed

8) An alarm should be installed in accordance with the recommendations contained in BS5839 Part 6 and the landlord should ensure the alarms are regularly maintained in accordance with manfacturer’s recommendations. The fitting of a hard-wired smoke alarm may require a building warrant and the relevant local authorities should be consulted.


What does an EICR cover?

The EICR must cover –  

  • Installations for the supply of electricity,
  • Electrical fittings, including –
  1. The consumer unit o All switches  
  2. Socket outlets
  3. Light fittings, and
  4. Any visible wiring.
  • Fixed electrical equipment, including –  
  1. Fixed electrical heating equipment e.g. storage or panel heaters,
  2. Boilers and other heat producing equipment, and
  3. Hard-wired smoke and fire detectors

The person carrying out the inspection must complete the EICR which must be legible and clearly set out –   

  • The date of the inspection
  • The full address of the house inspected
  • The name and address of the landlord or their agent
  • The name and address of the person carrying out the inspection
  • Evidence that person completing the inspection report is a suitably competent person (see Annex A)
  • A description of each installation, fixture, fitting and appliance inspected, and its location in the house, and  
  • Any defect identified   

Any electrical installation, fixtures, fittings or equipment which fails to pass electrical safety inspection must be replaced or repaired immediately to comply with the repairing standard  

Any element of the electrical installations, fixtures, fittings or equipment which is classified in an EICR under code C1 (danger present) or C2 (potentially dangerous) must be rectified to comply with the repairing standard.    

Code C1 means that anyone using the installation is at risk and remedial work should be carried out by a competent person immediately.  If it is practical to do so, the competent person should make the installation safe on discovery of the dangerous condition.  
Wherever practicable, items classified as C1 should be made safe on discovery. Where this is not practical the owner or user should be given written notification as a matter of urgency. Where an item is classified as C2 this is a potentially dangerous situation and urgent remedial action is required.

 Any element of the electrical installation classified in an Electrical Installation Condition Report as FI (further investigation required) should be investigated as soon as practically possible as such investigation may reveal a dangerous or potentially dangerous condition.  

An EICR will recommend any remedial action required in order to ensure that the electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service, but any work which is undertaken must be recorded separately.  This can be done by recording the work completed on a Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate and providing a copy of that to the person ordering the work, which is recommended for all actions to remedy a defect.  If remedial work includes replacement of a fuse box (known in the electrical industry as a consumer unit) an Electrical Installation Certificate should be provided.   

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