For Domestic Properties
Blaby Alarms offer quality installations for domestic properties throughout the Midlands.
Smoke alarms are the easiest way to protect your home and family from the danger of fire. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service recommend that all homeowners should fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of their property.
Your home insurance provider will ask about smoke detectors before giving you a quote for cover. Insurers may offer a discount if a home has smoke detectors because fires that are detected early cause less damage.
But most home policies state that if you’ve told your insurer you have smoke and fire alarms, they must work. If it’s discovered your fire detectors weren’t working at the time of a fire, a claim may result in a reduced payout or be refused completely.
Landlords / Letting Agents
If you let property, you are legally responsible for the fire safety of your property. You may be liable for any loss or harm that results from failing to meet your obligations.
Do landlords need LD1, LD2 or LD3 fire alarms?
Landlords know that rental domestic properties must have working Fire Alarms fitted, but do you know which grade of alarm needs to be fitted where?
You may have fitted an alarm on every storey of your property, but was it the right grade? If not, you could be leaving yourself open to prosecution if anything went wrong.
Here is a quick guide to the LD1, LD2 and LD3 alarms, where to install them, and what the differences are between the grades. LD3 gives you the lowest grade, or minimum protection and LD1 provides the maximum protection. Here are the details:
Minimum level of protection = LD3 Fire Alarm Coverage
- Detectors should be installed on the escape route of every storey,
- must be placed WITHIN 3 METRES of ALL BEDROOM DOORS
- and if the hallway is longer than 7.5 metres, you need to install MORE THAN ONE Alarm. (1 every 7.5m)
- Never install in a toilet, shower or bathroom.
Additional Protection = LD2 Fire Alarm Coverage
- This is in addition to the requirements of LD3.
- Smoke or heat alarms should be fitted in all rooms or areas that present a high risk to occupants.
- Smoke alarms must be fitted are on each storey within every 7.5m of hallways and escape routes and within every 3m of all bedroom doors (apart from toilets and bathrooms).
- Heat Alarms should be located in each kitchen and installed within 5.3 metres of potential fire sources.
- Smoke or Heat alarms should be located in each living room or whichever room is most frequently used during the daytime.
Maximum Protection = LD1 Fire Alarm Coverage
- Smoke alarms are located in all hallways, stairways and circulation areas that form part of the escape routes from the house.
- Smoke or heat alarms are in all rooms or areas that present a high risk to occupants and also should be placed in all other rooms.
- Smoke alarms are on each storey within every 7.5m of hallways and escape routes and within every 3m of all bedroom doors (apart from toilets and bathrooms).
- Heat Alarms are located in each kitchen and garage and must be installed within 5.3 metres of any potential fire source.
- Smoke or Heat alarms are also located in the most frequent room used during the daytime.
The guidance appears to overlap in places, and could be misleading, so if you would like some advice on whether or not your properties comply with the Law and fulfil the guidance, then do give us a call, one of our trained Alarm specialists will be able to advise you.