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Smoke and CO detectors

Test your detectors regularly

Making sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are in full working order is so important – they can save lives, so make sure you test them regularly.

To make sure they’re working as they should, press the “test” button. Can you hear the alarm sound loud and clear from every room in the house? Try this once a month, and give them a gentle clean once in a while to get rid of any dust.

They will beep when they need replacing. They’re not battery operated, so call us to log a repair as soon as you notice them beeping.

If you’re worried your alarm isn’t working properly or it beeps at regular intervals, report it to us and we will either replace it or repair it. And, if you think you should have more alarms at home than you do, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do!

Safety on every level

To ensure the safety of our tenants, we are increasing the number of detectors we install into each home. Look around your home and you should see…

  • A heat detector in your kitchen
  • A smoke detector in your hallway
  • A smoke detector in your landing
  • And a smoke detector in the room you use a lot, normally the lounge.

This should mean there’s one smoke detector on each level of your home.

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Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon Monoxide, also known as CO, is a very dangerous gas. It’s poisonous, but you can’t see it or smell it, and it can be produced by fuels such as gas, oil, wood and coal.

Having a Carbon Monoxide alarm is the most reliable way of checking there aren’t dangerous levels of this dangerous gas in your home. All our homes that feature fuel burning appliances will have at least one CO alarm fitted, but you may have more if there is more than one appliance. Just like smoke detectors, you’ll need to text your CO alarm monthly to make sure it’s functioning as it should be. 

Common household appliances that may use carbon-based fuels include:

  • Boilers
  • Gas Fires
  • Central Heating
  • Water Heaters
  • Cookers and
  • Open Fires