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Changes to the Legislation for Fire and Smoke Alarms in Scotland

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, a Ministerial Working Group on building and fire safety was established to review Scotland’s building and fire safety and this resulted in new legislation which will extend the already high standards of protection required for fire and carbon monoxide.

What are the changes?

The new standard requires:

  • One smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings.
  • One smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes.
  • One heat alarm installed in every kitchen.

All of these alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked

  • Where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance - such as boilers, fires (including open fires) and heaters – or a flue, a carbon monoxide detector is also required.

This does not require to be interlined to the fire alarms

What does this mean for you?

In order to check that your home is compliant the AHFA electricians, gas engineers and solid fuel engineers will visit Tenants’ homes to carry out a detector risk assessment. If your home is already complaint with the new legislation they will complete their paperwork and advise you. However, if your home is not compliant they will update your detectors to make it compliant and complete their paperwork.

Need more information?

The Scottish Government website provides further information on these changes and the information can be found by clicking the link below.