A comprehensive new Guide has just been published by Kidde Fyrnetics to help all those involved with housing to understand the latest responsibilities and requirements for protecting occupants from fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
In both areas, there are complex and confusing combinations of standards and national Regulations – sometimes conflicting – which the Guide helps to clarify.
The new eight page document offers detailed guidance on all aspects of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms, making sense of differing national Building Regulations around the UK and Ireland, British Standard Codes of Practice, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes, as well as civil law responsibilities. Intended for all those involved with housing – including RSLs and private landlords, house-builders, developers, architects, surveyors, building control and environmental health officers, and electrical contractors – the Guide is clearly set-out so that the reader can easily identify the various different requirements that apply to particular localities and types of housing. It also highlights conflicts between different requirements and problems of interpretation.