Oct 26, 2021

Fire Safety for Homeowners - New Legislation


In simple terms, all homeowners in Scotland must ensure they have interlinked fire alarms in their homes by February 2022.

Having an interlinked system means if one alarm goes off in your home, they all will, ensuring an increased level of safety for you and your loved ones.

These can be interlinked by hard-wiring a connection, or by using wireless battery-powered products. The latter would need to be replaced every 10 years according to government advice, making it a more costly solution long-term.

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to make sure your home meets the new fire alarms standard by February 2022.

Every home will need to have:

  • one smoke alarm in the room you spend most of the day, usually your living room
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • 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 you must also have a carbon monoxide detector near each appliance. These do not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

Be #readyforanything by visiting myscot.gov for further information, including the types of alarms you will need and how to find an approved trades person near you.

Alternatively, contact our friends at Connelly Security Systems Ltd (CSS Ltd) for further details and assistance.

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