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Changes to Smoke Alarm Rules for ALL Homes in Scotland

The law in Scotland is about to change with regards to the number of smoke alarms that must be fitted in ALL homes, even privately owned ones. Find out how it will affect you.

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Scotland Set to Introduce Minimum Number of Smoke Alarms in All Homes

As providers of landlord electrical services in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, Harpers Certificates 4 Letting regularly fit smoke and heat alarms to meet mandatory regulations for rented properties. However, the Housing (Scotland) Act is soon to be amended to require ALL homes in Scotland to be fitted with a minimum number of smoke alarms. The current rules only apply to new–build and rented properties in Scotland, but once the amendment comes into force, strict rules will also apply to all private homes.
These changes are the result of a consultation carried out by the Scottish Government after the Grenfell Tower tragedy which highlighted the danger to life caused by poor fire safety in private properties. It is hoped that the changes to the law will lead to stronger fire safety standards in every home which will save lives and help prevent similar disasters of this kind from ever happening in Scotland.

The changes to the Housing Act will require private homes to have:

  • at least one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used
  • at least one smoke alarm in spaces such as hallways and landings
  • at least one heat alarm in the kitchen
  • a carbon monoxide detector
In addition
  • alarms will have to be replaced every 10 years
  • alarms will have to be ceiling mounted
  • alarms should be interlinked

Who Will Benefit From These Changes?

Changes to the law will bring forward equality in terms of those who benefit. Everyone will now have the same level of protection whether they own their own home or rent from a social landlord, private landlord or letting agency.
As Assistant Chief Officer David McGown, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) director of prevention and protection, said:
"The presence of working smoke and heat detectors have been proven to significantly reduce casualties and fatalities occurring as a result of fires within the home. SFRS therefore welcome and support the next steps from this consultation which will undoubtedly improve home safety for all residents, regardless of tenure.”
If you would like more information or help with fitting smoke alarms or heat detectors in your home please get in touch or give us a call on 07904 231310

Author: Harpers Certifcates 4 Letting

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