Most houses or flats have a mains wired fire alarm system installed. These systems range from consisting of a control panel (Grade A or B), to those without a control panel (Grade D).

Properties without a control panel system (including flats with a control panel in the communal area)

It is the tenant’s responsibility to carry out basic maintenance which includes: –

  • Cleaning the smoke detectors by wiping and hoovering them.
  • Checking the smoke detectors by use of the test button to check they sound – this should be done at least weekly.
  • Replacing the batteries as necessary – the smoke detectors are designed to ‘beep’ when the batteries are getting low. Most of these detectors use a 9 volt ‘square’ battery. The smoke detectors remove from their base in a variety of methods but usually twist or slide off.

Properties with a control panel system

It is the tenant’s responsibility to carry out basic maintenance which includes: –

  • Checking the control panel and reporting any faults to Findlay Property.
  • Not interfering with the detectors – these typically don’t have batteries that need changing.
  • Cleaning the smoke detectors by wiping and hoovering them.
  • Not to disconnect the battery in the control panel even if it ‘beeps’ – you will be charged a callout fee to re-set the panel if this happens.
  • Both types of systems comprise of heat and smoke detectors. This means that, sometimes, even where there is smoke, the detectors are designed not to trigger in order to minimize false alarms in areas such as the kitchen. For example, if somebody burns their bread in the toaster, the heat detector in the kitchen shouldn’t trigger. The positioning and types of systems vary in different types of properties.