We provide smoke alarms in all our houses and they are also subjected to annual checks. However, you should test these weekly to make sure that they are working at all times. If there appears to be a fault, you should report this to our Customer Services department.
Remember it is important to keep the smoke alarm in working order – it could save your life.
Please make sure that they you do not cover up your smoke detectors at any time. If there is a fire and your detector is covered then the alarm will not always be effective. If your smoke alarm is found to have been covered this will invalidate your home contents and also your buildings insurance.
By 1 February 2021, all homes in Scotland will be required to have a minimum number of smoke alarms under changes made to the Housing (Scotland) Act in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze. This will lead to improved fire safety for our tenants, so Abertay have already appointed a contractor, RB Grant, as we want to comply ahead of the new standard becoming mandatory.
Due to the number of properties in our stock Abertay will complete 720 properties in Year 1 of our 2 year plan and tenants should note that as we have to abide by the law, we will use everything within our powers to ensure that we get access to every property which needs upgraded.
The new requirements means that Abertay will install a smoke alarm in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes (living room), a smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings and a heat alarm in every kitchen . However, Abertay have taken steps to ensure that there is minimum disruption to existing decoration in properties by insisting that all alarms are ceiling mounted and interlinked using RF (radio frequency) and therefore, there will be no need to expose electric cables or damage to papering or painting. The sealed long-life battery in these units should last for a minimum of 10 years.
All tenants should expect contact both from Abertay and our contractor RB Grant within the next 18 months to arrange access for this work to be done.