New Scottish Fire and Smoke Alarm Legislation

New Scottish Legislation for Fire and Smoke Alarms – are you compliant?

March 5, 2021
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New Scottish Legislation for Fire and Smoke Alarms – are you compliant?

You must comply to the new legislation by February 2022.

Scottish legislation has changed. Introduced in February 2019, the change applies to all households in Scotland and must be met by February 2022. The new Scottish legislation states that an interlinked Fire and Smoke alarm system must be fitted in a property and that there should be adequate Carbon Monoxide protection.

This legislative change to the Tolerable Standard has come as a direct result of recent fire tragedies and covers all homes, both in the private and social housing sectors.

Fire and Smoke alarms must be interlinked, and this can be achieved via traditional cabling methods or wireless. This new legislation also requires a Carbon Monoxide detector to be installed where there is a fuel-burning appliance (such as boilers, fires, heaters, and stoves) or where there is a flue. Homeowners and Landlords must comply to the new Scottish legislation by February 2022.

If you already have Fire and Smoke alarms installed in your property, check that they are interlinked. If you have an alarm system but it does not currently meet the new requirements, you can expand your system with wireless interconnection. By having an interlinked system, the whole alarm system will be triggered if one alarm is activated meaning you are alerted immediately in the event of a fire.

Click here to visit the Scottish Government website explaining what you need to know about changes in legislation relating to fire and smoke alarms. Or see below for a quick guide to the new Scottish legislation.

  • Smoke alarms in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • Smoke alarms installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purpose
  • Heat alarms installed in every kitchen
  • All smoke and heat alarms should be interlinked
  • Carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted where there is a fuel burning appliance or a flue
  • This applies to ALL homeowners and landlords

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