Fire and Smoke Alarm: Changes to the Law
The Scottish Government has announced that all properties in Scotland should have fire and CO detection in place by 2021. A summary of the changes can be found below, with the full factsheet available here
What types of housing will be covered by the new standard?
All homes will be covered by the new standard, as we believe that all homes should be safe for occupants regardless of tenure. It will be the property owner’s responsibility to meet the new standard.
Why are you introducing this legislation now?
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, a Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety was established to review Scotland’s building and fire safety regulatory frameworks. As part of this work, the group agreed that a consultation on fire and smoke alarms, originally planned for later this year, should be prioritised.
How many alarms are required to meet the standards?
The standard requires:
- One smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
- One smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
- One heat alarm installed in every kitchen
All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked. There is also a requirement for carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires), heaters and stoves) or a flue.
I already have smoke alarms fitted in my home but they are not interlinked – do I need to change these to interlinked ones?
Yes – the requirement is to have all alarms interlinked. You may not hear the alarm closest to the fire but, by having an interlinked system, you will be alerted immediately.
Will it be necessary for tenements to have linked alarms between individual residences?
In a shared property such as a tenement or block of flats there is no requirement for different properties to be linked to each other.
I am a tenant in a privately rented property – how do I make sure my landlord complies?
As the new standards for fire and smoke alarms extend those which currently apply in the Private Rented Sector PRS to housing of all tenures, your landlord should already be complying. The standard is enforced by the right of tenants to apply to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber)
Safety Checked Ltd welcomes the changes that the Scottish Government has made.
Although not yet law in England Safety Checked Ltd can assist with the selection, fitting and interlinking of fire and CO detection in your home. We prefer to install Aico detectors which allow for interlinking and even downloading of data and condition, but are able to survey your needs and fit the most suitable option from a range of manufacturers.