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December 3, 2021

Considerations for Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation in Multi-Family Properties

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Multi-family properties pose their own unique challenges when considering smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector installation. Landlords and owners of apartments, townhouses, condominiums, dorms, and senior living facilities must consider the safety of countless tenants. They must also consider liability and regulatory concerns that vary among D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

However, finding the best fire alarm and CO detection systems for your multi-family property does not need to be complicated. Let’s look at some solutions that benefit your legal and business needs while also providing optimal safety, security, and convenience for both your tenants and your maintenance engineers.

10-Year Alarm Planning at your Multi-Family Property

As an example of 10-year alarms in comparison to traditional alarms, suppose a landlord or maintenance engineer oversees 600 tenant units. Each unit has three smoke alarms and a combination smoke and CO detector. Having shorter-life alarms requires constant, ongoing replacements and interruption to tenants.

With 10-year alarms, they last a lot longer! How are smoke alarms installed at your property? Typically, we see one of two typical scenarios:

  • Ongoing replacement by unit
  • Complete replacement at the same time

While some landlords replace alarms at each fresh vacancy, such an approach can lead to organizational problems down the road. Tracking the life cycle of each of these alarms can create a nightmare in managing ongoing organization of replacements. Errors could raise liability risks, and possibly endanger your tenants and property.

A better plan is to install 10-year alarms all at the same time. Then, on the ninth year of the alarm, simply replace them all at once. The advantages are clear. First, you reduce maintenance costs. Plus, you benefit from simpler organization and reduced risk of error that could increase liability concerns. Finally, it will likely improve overall tenant satisfaction with their living spaces.

With 10-year alarms, not only will they benefit from greater fire and CO security, but they will also enjoy fewer interruptions for maintenance. Lower cost, less organization, decreased liability, greater security, and fewer interruptions and maintenance costs are a win for tenants and landlords alike. In fact, 10-year alarms provide so much of a better option, they are required in many states across the nation.

Benefits of BRK 10-Year Alarms

Why does Bay Lighting recommend 10-year alarms for your multi-family properties? Simply put, they provide the greatest security at the lowest overall cost. BRK 10-year smoke and CO alarms in particular provide the best overall investment for your managed properties and rental units. In fact, the small investment in a longer-life, 10-year alarms can save you approximately $130 or more during the life of the alarm.

But how is this possible? With each BRK 10-year alarm from Bay Lighting, you receive a 10-year battery, 10-year warranty, and 10-years maintenance free for the battery. The all-around savings adds up fast. In fact, one property saved $19,000 annually by converting to 10-year alarms.

Plus, each BRK 10-year smoke detector offers the highest quality in smoke detection. This includes an ionization smoke sensor, 120V AC with 10-year lithium battery backup, latching alarm indicator, alarm status LED indicator, and, of course, their 10-year warranty.

And for the best solution to protection of your multi-family units, the smoke and carbon monoxide detector combination unit ensures your residents are safe from both fire and CO poisoning. This combination unit comes with all the high-tech smoke and fire protection you expect, plus CO protection and a 10-year warranty. Learn more about our BRK Smoke and CO Alarms here.

Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

While 10-year smoke and CO detectors are recommended for every multi-family property owner or manager, minimal requirements vary by state. BRK Electronics is a great resource for codes and a legislation map and it’s always recommended to keep current with laws in your state and municipality.

Bay Lighting Provides Your Complete Multi-Family Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation

Since 2003, Bay Lighting has provided commercial lighting solutions across Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. Our time- and money-saving smoke and CO detectors provide the same trust and quality all of our clients have come to expect.

Eliminate hassle, scheduling, and coordination concerns. Save $130 or more each year and reduce liability concerns with quality BRK 10-year smoke and CO alarms today!

Contact Bay Lighting

Are you ready to experience lower costs and greater security with Bay Lighting smoke and CO alarm solutions? Contact us with your needs using this simple online form, or call Bay Lighting today at 301-858-9494.

Image of a smoke detector on Bay Lighting's website

Multi-family properties pose their own unique challenges when considering smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector installation. Landlords and owners of apartments, townhouses, condominiums, dorms, and senior living facilities must consider the safety of countless tenants. They must also consider liability and regulatory concerns that vary among D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

However, finding the best fire alarm and CO detection systems for your multi-family property does not need to be complicated. Let’s look at some solutions that benefit your legal and business needs while also providing optimal safety, security, and convenience for both your tenants and your maintenance engineers.

10-Year Alarm Planning at your Multi-Family Property

As an example of 10-year alarms in comparison to traditional alarms, suppose a landlord or maintenance engineer oversees 600 tenant units. Each unit has three smoke alarms and a combination smoke and CO detector. Having shorter-life alarms requires constant, ongoing replacements and interruption to tenants.

With 10-year alarms, they last a lot longer! How are smoke alarms installed at your property? Typically, we see one of two typical scenarios:

  • Ongoing replacement by unit
  • Complete replacement at the same time

While some landlords replace alarms at each fresh vacancy, such an approach can lead to organizational problems down the road. Tracking the life cycle of each of these alarms can create a nightmare in managing ongoing organization of replacements. Errors could raise liability risks, and possibly endanger your tenants and property.

A better plan is to install 10-year alarms all at the same time. Then, on the ninth year of the alarm, simply replace them all at once. The advantages are clear. First, you reduce maintenance costs. Plus, you benefit from simpler organization and reduced risk of error that could increase liability concerns. Finally, it will likely improve overall tenant satisfaction with their living spaces.

With 10-year alarms, not only will they benefit from greater fire and CO security, but they will also enjoy fewer interruptions for maintenance. Lower cost, less organization, decreased liability, greater security, and fewer interruptions and maintenance costs are a win for tenants and landlords alike. In fact, 10-year alarms provide so much of a better option, they are required in many states across the nation.

Benefits of BRK 10-Year Alarms

Why does Bay Lighting recommend 10-year alarms for your multi-family properties? Simply put, they provide the greatest security at the lowest overall cost. BRK 10-year smoke and CO alarms in particular provide the best overall investment for your managed properties and rental units. In fact, the small investment in a longer-life, 10-year alarms can save you approximately $130 or more during the life of the alarm.

But how is this possible? With each BRK 10-year alarm from Bay Lighting, you receive a 10-year battery, 10-year warranty, and 10-years maintenance free for the battery. The all-around savings adds up fast. In fact, one property saved $19,000 annually by converting to 10-year alarms.

Plus, each BRK 10-year smoke detector offers the highest quality in smoke detection. This includes an ionization smoke sensor, 120V AC with 10-year lithium battery backup, latching alarm indicator, alarm status LED indicator, and, of course, their 10-year warranty.

And for the best solution to protection of your multi-family units, the smoke and carbon monoxide detector combination unit ensures your residents are safe from both fire and CO poisoning. This combination unit comes with all the high-tech smoke and fire protection you expect, plus CO protection and a 10-year warranty. Learn more about our BRK Smoke and CO Alarms here.

Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

While 10-year smoke and CO detectors are recommended for every multi-family property owner or manager, minimal requirements vary by state. BRK Electronics is a great resource for codes and a legislation map and it’s always recommended to keep current with laws in your state and municipality.

Bay Lighting Provides Your Complete Multi-Family Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation

Since 2003, Bay Lighting has provided commercial lighting solutions across Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. Our time- and money-saving smoke and CO detectors provide the same trust and quality all of our clients have come to expect.

Eliminate hassle, scheduling, and coordination concerns. Save $130 or more each year and reduce liability concerns with quality BRK 10-year smoke and CO alarms today!

Contact Bay Lighting

Are you ready to experience lower costs and greater security with Bay Lighting smoke and CO alarm solutions? Contact us with your needs using this simple online form, or call Bay Lighting today at 301-858-9494.

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