Interlinked Fire and Smoke Alarms
The law on fire alarms in Scottish properties is changing and every Scottish property must have an interlinked fire alarm system by February 2022. An interlinked system means that if one fire alarm goes off in a property, they will all go off – the purpose of this being you will be able to hear a fire alarm if it goes off, wherever you are in your home. You should be aware that the obligation to comply with this new law sits with the home owner, not the occupier if they are not the same person.
By February 2022 every Scottish property must have:
- one smoke alarm in the living room or the room you use most;
- one smoke alarm in every hallway or landing; and
- one heat alarm in the kitchen.
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.
We would urge all home owners to take action now, to ensure their home is compliant before the deadline. Details of the levels of financial assistance available and eligible parties can be found here: Fire and smoke alarms: changes to the law – gov.scot (www.gov.scot). Please be aware, that by not complying with this new law prior to the deadline, you could risk invalidating your home insurance. Furthermore, local authorities could use their statutory powers to enforce compliance, as the requirements under this new law are deemed to be a mandatory safety measure. At present, we cannot confirm if lenders will require confirmation that such a system is in place prior to releasing any loan funds for a property purchase, post February 2022, however we have noticed that some Home Reports now mention whether a compliant system is in place or not.