The Home has an independent fire detection system that is NOT linked to the building alarm system.
The fire detection system comprises:
- Heat detector located in the kitchen area ceiling
- Smoke detector located in the hall, bedrooms and landing areas ceiling (where applicable)
The detector units:
- Are powered from the home electricity supply
- Have a rechargeable 10-year life lithium back-up cell
- Constantly monitor the immediate areas
- Incorporate an alarm sounder
Residents, NOT the Landlord, are responsible for carrying out regular testing and maintenance of the detector units in accordance with the manufacturer’s user instructions, see also ‘Care and maintenance’ section overleaf.
For ease of testing the detectors and silencing sounders, residents may wish to consider acquiring a suitable pole to be able to reach the detector face plate ‘Test & Hush’ button.
When a fire risk condition occurs:
- All detector units within the apartment will sound and the activated detector will be identifiable by a flashing light.
- To silence the alarm, push the ‘Test/ Hush’ button on the activated unit for a few seconds.
- This action will silence the alarm for approximately 10 minutes after which time the unit will automatically re-set. However, if the smoke density increases when in silenced mode the alarm will automatically restart.
It is the resident’s responsibility to:
- Evacuate the Home
- Call the fire emergency services
- Notify the Landlord
In event of a false alarm
Before the activated detector will automatically reset it may be necessary to thoroughly clear the air around the detector by:
- Opening the windows and balcony or external doors to allow fresh air into the Home
- Applying a vacuum nozzle immediately around the affected smoke detector to remove the activating air particles (e.g., smoke from burnt toast)
Care and Maintenance
The manufacturer recommends:
- Regularly checking to see that the green mains power light is on
- Pressing the test button weekly to check all alarms in the system
- Regularly checking that the red light under the ceiling unit test button or on the cover flashes approx. every 40 seconds
- Cleaning the cover of the alarm regularly using a barely damp lint free cloth
- On a monthly basis (at least) checking the alarm for signs of contamination from dust, cobwebs or insects. Use a vacuum cleaner around the cover of the alarm to remove contamination
- Check (at least annually) that the alarm will operate on back-up battery power only by switching off the mains supply and pressing the test button
Any problems with the system should be promptly reported to your landlord who will also replace the detector units every 10 years, since this is the lifespan of the lithium backup cell that is not replaceable.
To alert any residents who may be using a balcony with the connecting door from the apartment closed, there is a fire alarm sounder.
This sounder is only activated by the apartment fire alarm system and is not linked to the building fire alarm system.
The sounder will automatically be silenced once the activated smoke or heat detector has been silenced.
Your apartment is protected by a sprinkler system, which is an integrated system of piping connected to the cold-water supply and sprinkler heads that automatically initiate water discharge over a fire area.
The sprinkler piping system includes plastic pipes running throughout the ceiling and these pipes should be protected from any damages. Please contact building management if you wish to attach any items to the ceiling.
Sprinkler heads are a concealed residential type and you will only be able to see the cover plate in the ceiling. The sprinkler heads MUST NOT be painted over, nor should the cover plates be removed. Please report to your landlord if the cover plate is damaged.
The sprinklers will be activated only by heat from a fire and are not linked to the smoke and heat detectors. Each sprinkler head has a heat sensitive element which operates when it reaches its activation temperature. This is typically a “fusible link” which is held together with solder that melts at the appropriate temperature allowing the sprinkler to open. Once opened, water will spray from the sprinkler on the fire and surrounding area extinguishing the fire or controlling the fire size and preventing fire spread.
The system requires no cyclical maintenance, but the Landlord may periodically require access for a contractor to inspect the condition of the sprinklers.
Caution: Mechanical impact could damage the sprinkler system and cause accidental activation.
In the event of a fire within an apartment, the fire alarm will only sound in the apartment of fire origin. Other occupants within the building may remain in place within the building and are considered to be in a place of relative safety due to the fire resisting construction provided between each of the apartments. Occupants within the non-fire affected apartments will NOT be alerted to evacuate by the fire alarm system (although they are able to evacuate at any point if they consider it appropriate).