Smoke Alarms Edinburgh
Smoke alarms for homeowners
Helping you comply with the latest legislation
Smoke alarms and heat detectors installed correctly save lives. Fires in the home result in around 30 deaths and 1300 injuries each year. Previously, legislation covered fire detection and warning systems in private rented properties. However, new legislation requiring ALL HOMES to have linked smoke alarms came into force in February 2022. The aim of this new legislation is to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the same level of protection from fire whether they own or rent their home.
We strongly recommend installing the required number of smoke alarms and heat detectors at the earliest opportunity.
Types of smoke alarm
The two main types of smoke alarm are wireless and mains-powered (hardwired)
Each have their own benefits but both are good at keeping your family safe from fires. If you are not sure which type of smoke detector is right for your home, please get in touch and we can advise you.
Interlinked Wireless Smoke Alarms
Wireless interlinked long life, lithium battery smoke alarms are not the same as user-replaceable battery smoke alarms. They are special tamper-proof smoke alarms and come with a 10-year guarantee. The expiry date should be visible on each alarm. This type of smoke alarm tends to be more expensive to buy but because they have no wires, they are usually cheaper to install.
Interlinked Mains-Powered Smoke Alarms
Interlinked mains powered (hardwired) smoke alarms and heat detectors are still a good option for many people as they don’t rely on batteries. These smoke alarms tend to be cheaper to buy but can cost more to install as they have to be wired into your electricity supply.
As of February 2022, all homes in Sotland require:
- One smoke alarm installed in the room 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 the kitchen
- All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked
In addition, in homes with a carbon fuelled appliance (e.g. gas boiler, fire etc.) a carbon monoxide detector is also required although it doesn’t need to be linked to the fire alarms.
WIRELESS SMOKE ALARM SPECIAL OFFER
We are currently offering 2 smoke alarms and a heat alarm wireless system for the special price of only £300 – supplied, fitted and tested.
Smoke alarms for landlords
If you are a landlord in Edinburgh it is a legal requirement that you have the correct arrangement of mains wired smoke alarms and heat detectors installed in all of your properties.
The Scottish Government have published guidance for landlords Fire detection in private rented properties.
The guidance states that there should be:
- A smoke alarm in every room used for daytime living
- A smoke alarm in every hallway
- A heat alarm in the kitchen
- All alarms should be interlinked. Please be aware that if the property is an HMO (house in multiple occupation) there will be extra fire safety criteria to meet.
As NICEIC electrical contractors, Capital City Electrical Services can provide landlords in Edinburgh with a range of landlord services to ensure compliance with all current fire and electrical regulations.
There have been changes to legislation known as the “Tolerable Standard” in Scotland. It requires all households to have interlinked smoke alarm systems, with appropriate carbon monoxide (CO) protection (where there is a fuel burning appliance or flue). This legislation came into force in February 2022. This legislation applies to all private and rented homes. The purpose of the new legislation is to improve safety in the home. Capital City Electrical Services highly recommends undertaking this work as soon as possible.
Yes, all smoke alarms in the property must be interlinked; the installed heat detector must also be linked as part of the circuit. Alarms can be interlinked via wires (hardwired) or wirelessly (by radio communication).
These two types of detectors are fundamentally different:
- Heat detectors recognise a change in temperature and alarm accordingly. This will primarily protect property from fire damage.
- Smoke alarms do not recognise any changes in temperature; rather they recognise smoke via optical sensors or through a process known as ionization. Smoke alarms are designed to protect people and property
The updated legislation requires an integrated approach to fire safety with:
- one smoke alarm installed in the room used for general daytime living purposes
- one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
- one heat detector installed in the kitchen
- smoke alarms and heat detectors should be ceiling mounted
Interlinked alarms which communicate with or “talk” to each other form an integrated system of protection in the home, so that when one alarm detects a change in temperature or the presence of smoke, all alarms operate simultaneously, allowing you to hear the alarm no matter where you are in the house.
No, two distinct methods comply with the new legislation:
- Mains-wired alarms (with battery back-up), which should be installed by a qualified electrician in accordance with BS7671
- Tamper proof, long-life, lithium battery alarms (not user replaceable)
There is no one shoe fits all answer to this; a competent electrician will be able to advise you on what is best for your own particular circumstances.
- Tamper proof long-life lithium battery alarms tends to be more expensive to buy but because they have no power wires, they are usually cheaper to install.
- Mains powered smoke alarms tend to be cheaper to buy but can cost more to install as they have to be wired into your electricity supply.
Interlinking can be achieved by hard wiring or by wireless connection.
The updated legislation applies to all homes in Scotland, including rented accommodation. Additional guidance, Fire detection in private rented properties: guidance is available for landlords.
A good tamper proof, sealed lithium battery system will last for up to 10 years (please ensure you check & confirm warranty). The expiry date should be visible on each alarm and the system should also have an “end of life” warning capability.
A carbon monoxide detector is needed if there is a carbon-fuelled appliance in the home. This includes boilers, fires (including open fires) heaters or flue. This detector doesn’t need to be linked to the fire alarms.
This depends on the type of system which best suits your home, the number of alarms required etc. We are highly competitive and happy to provide a free no obligation quote.
There will potentially be more disruption and “finishing” required when installing a mains system as we must access your homes power supply and run wires. However as an company, Capital City Electrical pride ourselves on our professionalism and we will always deliver a tidy job.
To work effectively, the correct positioning of smoke and heat alarms in your home is very important. This is usually mounted on the ceiling with plenty of space for air to circulate. However, we will be able to advise you more on what is best for your specific circumstances during our visit.
If you would like Capital City Electrical to install long-life lithium battery or mains powered smoke alarms and heat detectors in your property, please get in touch.
We have years of experience in this area and will be able to ensure your home or rented property has the correct fire detections systems in place and is electrically safe.