The law on fire alarms is changing from February 2022 which means all Scottish homes will need to have interlinked alarms (Scottish Government, 2021). Guidance for homeowners on what you need to know.
Every home in Scotland must have interlinked fire alarms by February 2022. Interlinked means if one goes off, they all go off, so you will always hear an alarm wherever you are in your home. The new law has come about because of the Grenfell fire in London in 2017, and it applies to all Scottish homes.
It is the property owner’s responsibility for meeting the new standard.
So, what does this mean for your home?
By February 2022 every home must have:
All smoke and heat alarms should be mounted on the ceiling and be interlinked.
If you have a carbon-fuelled appliance – like a boiler, fire, heater or flue – in any room, you must also have a carbon monoxide detector in that room, but this does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.
Alarms may be hard-wired, or tamper proof long-life lithium battery powered.
[Scottish Government (2021): https://www.gov.scot/publications/fire-and-smoke-alarms-in-scottish-homes/ ]
So, please contact me today, your trustworthy local electrician in Aberdeen, to discuss how I can help you meet this requirement (please see my 'Terms & Conditions' regarding alarm certification, and other information - scroll down to the section headed For Fire / Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms: https://callmeelectrician.co.uk/terms-%26-conditions-2 )
The smoke, heat and CO alarms can be mains powered, with a hardwired interconnection between the smoke and heat alarms. The CO alarm can also be linked to the smoke/heat alarms if desired.
Alternatively, the alarms can be battery powered, and interlinked wirelessly.
Or the system can be a mix of both.
The alarm controller is very handy item, especially if a CO alarm is also connected to the smoke/heat alarm system.
The controller lets you test the alarms from one easy point, without having to reach up to the test buton on each alarm.
You can also locate and silence alarms from the controller.