Kidde Fyrnetics has published its updated ‘Fire & CO Safety in Housing’ Guide, reflecting the new Code of Practice for smoke and heat alarms, as well as imminent and recent regulations demanding CO alarms. The comprehensive 2013 Guide aims to help all those involved with housing to understand the very latest requirements for protecting occupants from fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
The new 8-page document is intended for anyone involved with housing – including RSLs and private landlords, house-builders, developers, architects, surveyors, building control and environmental health officers, electrical contractors and heating installers. It offers detailed guidance on all aspects of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms. The Guide also provides an informed commentary and review of the complex combinations of standards, regulations and responsibilities that apply to fire and carbon monoxide.
Although subject to separate standards and regulations, the Guide argues that there are good reasons for specifiers and housing providers to consider both fire and carbon monoxide risks together. It also presents a compelling case for universal minimum recommendations – set out in the Guide – for hard-wired smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure that all requirements are satisfied and responsibilities met.
Building Regulations around the UK and Ireland, British Standard Codes of Practice, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and housing quality standards, as well as civil law responsibilities are all covered and the Guide clearly identifies the various different requirements that apply to particular localities and types of housing. It also highlights conflicts between different requirements and problems of interpretation.