I have two queries concerning communal and individual flat fire and other alarms.
The current relevant BS recommends weekly testing of fire alarms and monthly checks on fire alarm systems serving more than one unit. This is an onerous obligation. If the recommendation is not followed a landlord would have to justify not following it. Does the RLA have any advice to offer on reasons that might justify departure from the recommendations to a less stringent testing and inspection regime.
Secondly for individual flat alarm systems where there is say a smoke detector in a hallway and a combined heat and smoke detector in a kitchen is it possible to comply with the current recommendations for testing and inspections by giving the tenant a demonstration on how to test each unit and imposing an obligation on the tenant to test weekly and report any failures and defects apparent on visual inspection?
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