Scotland’s new fire alarm regulations will take effect immediately. Have you installed compliant interlinked smoke alarms, interlinked heat alarms, and interlinked carbon monoxide alarms in your house?
According to the new regulations, from February, all homeowners will be required to install interrelated alarms. These alarms can effectively reduce the casualties caused by the fire. Most households also need a carbon monoxide alarm.
Private rentals and newly built houses must meet these standards, but starting in February, they will apply to every family in Scotland, regardless of age or period of use.
On average, your house needs three smoke alarms, one heat alarm, and one carbon monoxide detector. This is based on the use of alarm types that can be installed by the homeowner without the need for an electrician. The detectors need to be powered by a built-in 10-year lithium battery, the battery is not removable, and EN14604, BS5446, EN50291 certification is required.
Before the law goes into effect, quickly replace the detector in your home.
How many interlinkable alarms do you need in a house in scotland?
Smoke alarms must be installed on each story:
From February 2022 all homes will need to have one smoke alarm in the most frequently used room, one in every circulation space on each storey, and a heat alarm in each kitchen. Alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked. Where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance, such as a boiler, fire or flue, a carbon monoxide detector is also required, although this does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.
Can I install smoke alarms myself?
Battery Powered wireless interconnected smoke alarms are easy to be paired and installed. There are screws in the package. You just need to install the base and then bucket the smoke alarm with the base. Hard-wired smoke alarms must be installed by a licensed electrician. Always install smoke alarms in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If it is difficult for you to fit one yourself, contact your local Fire and Rescue NSW station for advice.