Be aware but not alarmed
As disturbing instances of tragic house fires continue to rise, property managers should remain well versed in national smoke alarm legislation and relevant updates, and how these requirements can affect them and their landlords.
Smoke Alarm Solutions, the nation’s leading smoke alarm provider, carry out more than 1,800 inspections each weekday and regularly witness risks posed, not only to occupants by way of inadequate fire detection devices, but to property managers and landlords whose properties are not compliant with current state and federal legislation.
“It is frightening to think what may happen in a home without appropriate fire alarms,” said Adam Graham, Smoke Alarm Solutions’ National Field Operations Manager. “It is not just a matter of financial or legal ramifications – people’s lives are at stake.”
Property managers acting on behalf of a landlord hold a duty of care to ensure ongoing smoke alarm maintenance obligations are met. This is usually a state-based requirement. It is also best practice for property managers to familiarise themselves with updates to national legislation which could implicate their landlords, such as the recent introduction of the requirement to interconnect smoke alarms in properties built after May 1, 2014.
Smoke Alarm Solutions invites you to visit their booth at this year’s ARPM Conference to assist you to better understand your responsibilities. They are also more than happy to organise an educational presentation for you and your colleagues at your convenience.