Smoke alarms: change to the law.
Every home in Scotland must have interlinked smoke alarms by February 2022. Interlinked means if one alarm goes off, all the other alarms throughout will activate at the same time. The new law has been introduced on the back of the Grenfell disaster in 2017, and it applies to all Scottish homes.
By February 2022 every home must have;
- One smoke alarm in the living room or the room you use most
- One smoke alarm in all halls / landings
- One heat alarm in the kitchen
If you have any fuel burning appliances such as a boiler, fire, heater or flue - a carbon monoxide detector will be required although this does not need to be interlinked with the smoke alarms.
All smoke alarms should be installed on the ceilings (not the walls) and should be interlinked. This can be done through radio frequency alarms or mains powered alarms.If you opt for wireless alarms, these must be sealed tamper proof units and have long life lithium batteries, which are generally 10 years.
If you are a landlord in Scotland, smoke detectors are required in the following areas;
- A smoke detector in the hall
- A smoke detector in the lounge / living room (whichever is the room most often used for daytime living)
- A heat detector in the kitchen
- These detectors are the requirement for rented properties, although if there is more than 1 level the property then additional detectors will need to be installed. *The detectors must be interlinked, meaning that if you press one or a fire sets off the alarm, then all smoke heads are activated at the same time. This alerts everyone in the property of the potential dangers that may lie ahead.
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Smoke detectors for HMO’s – Housing of multiple occupancy
A HMO is classed as a ‘house that is occupied by people who do not form a single household.’ In Edinburgh especially, this is often properties made up of numerous people that never knew each other before they lived together. A lot of our customers ask what type of smoke alarm system is suitable for this type of property and according to all relevant standards, the recommendations are as follows: HMO’s that are one or two storeys and have a floor area of no more than 200sqm should be installing Grade D category LD2 smoke alarms. These can be either mains-operated alarms or tamper proof long-life lithium battery alarms so long as they’re interlinked.