Be aware but not alarmed

Elite Property Manager - - Upfront - For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion visit smokealarm­so­lu­

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.

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