In Feb 2019 Scottish Government introduced changes to the current legislation requiring all households in Scotland to have an interlinked Fire and Smoke alarm system and that there should be adequate Carbon Monoxide protection. ALL homes in Scotland are required to meet the new legislation by February 2022.
These changes were introduced as a direct result of recent fire tragedies, including Grenfell, and covers both private and social housing properties. It will be the property owner’s responsibility to meet the new standard, however, the legal duty to enforce the standard rests with local authorities.
Aico, the European market leader in domestic Fire and Carbon Monoxide protection has the provided the following information about the changes and what you must do to be compliant.
“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.
“All homes in Scotland will be covered by the new legislation, as it is important that all homes should be safe for occupants regardless of tenure.
“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.”
To ensure your home is compliant with the new regulations before the February 2022 deadline, our team of expert electricians are on hand to help. Please get in touch with our office team who will connect you with the experts.