Home Fire Safety

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: How do I look after my smoke alarm?

Answer: * Once a week test each alarm by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
* Once a year change the battery (unless it's a ten year alarm).
* Twice a year open the case and gently vacuum the inside using the soft-brush attachment to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn't open,
vacuum through the holes.
* After 10 years it's best to get a whole new alarm.
* If your smoke alarm keeps going off don't take out the battery! Most probably it's positioned too near the kitchen. Move it further down the hall. If it's not the cooking setting it off, try vacuuming the alarm as there may be a build-up of dust or dirt.

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Question: How do I request a visit to my school/fete/open day etc?

Answer: Please contact the Community Safety department on 407075 or email fire.communitysafety@iow.gov.uk


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Question: How do I request a Home Fire Safety Check?

Answer: Please complete the online form or contact the Community Safety department on 407075 or email fire.communitysafety@iow.gov.uk
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Question: Where do I install my smoke alarm?

Answer: The best place is on the ceiling near or at the middle of the room or hall. The alarm should be at least 30cm (one foot) away from a wall or light.

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Question: How many smoke alarms do I need?

Answer: The more you have the safer you'll be. At a minimum you should have one on each floor - probably in the hall and landing ceilings.

If you have only one smoke alarm and 2 floors, put it where you can hear it when you're asleep - in the celing at the top of the stairs leading to the bedrooms.

If you have a TV or other large electrical appliance in your bedroom, you should fit a smoke alarm there.

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Question: Are smoke alarms available for the hard of hearing?

Answer: A whole range of alarms have been designed specifically for the hard of hearing, with features ranging from strobe lighting and vibrating alarms to small wearable radio linked pagers.

Anyone with hearing problems who are unsure about the alarm they need should contact the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service for a Home Fire Safety Check.

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Question: What do the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations require?

Answer: The draft regulations are currently awaiting Parliamentary approval. If they are approved then, from 1 October 2015, private rented sector landlords will be required to have smoke alarms installed on every floor of their property and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms where solid fuel is used. Landlords will be required to test all the alarms at the start of every new tenancy to make sure they are working.

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Question: Do the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations apply to existing tenancies?

Answer: Yes, if approved, the regulations require private sector landlords to have installed all the alarms required from 1 October 2015. - Related Link

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Question: What types of tenancy will be affected by the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations?

Answer: The regulations apply to any tenancy, lease or licence of residential premises in England that gives somebody the right to occupy all or part of the premises as their only or main residence in return for rent. There are some exemptions (such as for long leases) - more information is given in the Schedule to the draft regulations: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Question: Are houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) exempt from the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations?

Answer: Parts 1 to 5 of the regulations do not apply to landlords of licensed HMOs. However, similar requirements will be imposed through the HMO licensing regime. The regulations, if approved, will change Schedule 4 to the Housing Act 2004 to require landlords of HMOs to have a smoke alarm installed on every floor of their property and a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms where solid fuel is used. The landlord must ensure that all the alarms are kept in proper working order.

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Question: What type of alarm should I install for the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations?

Answer: The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm (hard wired or battery powered) to be installed. Landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarm for their property and tenants. All smoke alarms on sale in the UK must have CE marking under the European Constructions Products Regulation.

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Question: Am I required to install a CO alarm in rooms with gas appliances for the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations?

Answer: No, under the new proposals carbon monoxide alarms would only be required in rooms containing a solid fuel burning appliance (rooms containing a coal fire, log burning stove, etc.). However, as gas appliances do emit carbon monoxide, reputable landlords will install working carbon monoxide alarms in addition to obtaining the annual gas safety certificate for each appliance.

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Question: Do the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations apply to social housing landlords?

Answer: No, at present private rented sector properties have fewer alarms installed than other housing – these regulations are designed to remedy this position. Registered providers of social housing are therefore exempt from the regulations but reputable landlords will have installed at least the number of alarms specified in the regulations and probably more.

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Question: Can I get free smoke alarms under the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations?

Answer: The Government has provided grant funding to local fire and rescue authorities to purchase around 445,000 smoke and 40,000 carbon monoxide alarms.

Please complete the online form in 'Do it online' to see if you are eligible for free smoke alarms.

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Question: How will the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations be enforced?

Answer: Your local housing authority is responsible for enforcing the regulations. They can issue a remedial notice requiring a landlord to fit the alarms. If the landlord fails to comply with the notice, the local housing authority can arrange for alarms to be fitted and can levy a civil penalty charge on the landlord of up to £5000.
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Question: When do the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations come into force?

Answer: If Parliament approves the regulations, they will come into force on 1 October 2015.

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