In Scotland, only rented homes and new builds are currently required by law to have a mandatory minimum number of smoke alarms and heat detectors fitted. However, this law has recently been updated and in February 2021 new regulations will come into force which will apply to ALL types of housing, including privately owned.
Why have the rules been changed?
In 2017, there was a devastating fire in Grenfell Tower, a large tower block in London. Seventy-two people tragically lost their lives as the fire swept uncontrolled through the building. This led to the Scottish Government setting up a consultation to investigate fire safety regulations in private housing. The changes to the regulations (Housing Scotland Act and Scottish Housing Quality Standard) are the result of this consultation.
What are the new rules?
The changes to regulations mean that in ALL homes the following will be required
- at least one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living
- at least one smoke alarm in spaces such as hallways and landings
- at least one heat alarm in the kitchen
- a carbon monoxide detector where there is a carbon fuelled appliance e.g. boiler, fire (including open fire), heaters and stoves.
- alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked
- alarms must be either tamper-proof long-life lithium battery alarms or mains-wired alarms
How long do I have to comply?
The new rules come into force in February 2021. This means that as a private house owner, you have until then to comply. However, smoke and fire alarms have been proven to save lives and significantly reduce injuries. Getting them fitted in your home now will immediately improve the safety of your home. It is a fact that you are at more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got any working smoke alarms. They alert you to any imminent danger, giving you and your family precious time to escape and call the emergency services.
If you need some advice about smoke alarms or would like some smoke alarms or heat detectors fitted in your home, Capital City Electrical can help. We are NICEIC approved electricians in Edinburgh, get in touch or give us a call on 0131 202 9188