From 1 May 2006, legislation requires the installation of smoke alarms in buildings in which people sleep.
- Property owners are responsible for ensuring smoke alarms are installed.
- Smoke alarms suitable for installation in homes are either hard-wired to mains power or battery powered.
- All smoke alarms need to be checked on a regular basis. If you have installed or are about to install battery powered smoke alarms, we suggest you check, at least twice a year, say at the start and end of daylight saving time, that the batteries and thus the smoke alarms are working.
- It is also recommended that a suitable number of alarms be installed and that the alarms can be heard throughout a large house.