Fire Safety in Scottish Properties
The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 is being amended, to introduce new requirements in terms of fire and smoke alarms in Scottish properties. 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 with the new Scottish legislation by February 2021.
In summary of the legislation, (i) smoke alarms must be installed in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings; (ii) smoke alarms must be installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purpose; (iii) heat alarms must be installed in every kitchen; (iv) all smoke and heat alarms should be interlinked; (v) carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted where there is a fuel burning appliance or a flue.
Please note that this new requirement applies to all homeowners and landlords. For example, where there is a requirement for specialist equipment for deaf people, this should be installed in addition to the equipment installed to meet the standard. The costs of upgrading if required or where necessary installing a new system will be the responsibility of the homeowner or landlord. If you tenant a private property, your landlord should already be complying with these regulations, as the new standards being introduced already apply to privately rented properties.