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New standards for domestic fire and smoke alarms
PlanningPostOctober 13, 2020, 11:58
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Normal topicNew standards for domestic fire and smoke alarms

New standards are being introduced from February 2021. The Scottish Government has issued guidance, setting out the requirements for:

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm installed in every kitchen

All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked.

Where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires) and heaters) or a flue, a carbon monoxide detector is also required which does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

The alarms should be powered and interconnected by mains wiring, which must be installed by a competent person. In case that is impractical, there are alarms available which meet the standard with tamper-proof long-life lithium batteries and which rely on wireless communication between the alarms. The Scottish Government has published this "Tolerable Standard Guidance" on satisfactory fire detection and satisfactory carbon monoxide detection.

Most home owners want to make their homes as safe as possible and compliance will also form part of any Home Report when you come to sell your home.

membershipPostOctober 19, 2020, 14:50
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Normal topicNew standards for domestic fire and smoke alarms

[color=#][/color]"The attached information is being circulated on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and details the forthcoming requirements regarding fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes. These regulations come into force in February 2021.

To clarify, the new standard requires :-

One smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes

One smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey, such as hallways and landings

One heat alarm installed in every kitchen

All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked. There is also a requirement for carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires), heaters and stoves) or a flue.

The following Scottish Government links provide additional guidance :-

https://www.gov.scot/publications/fire-and-smoke-alarms-in-scottish-homes/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/fire-and-smoke-alarms-tolerable-standard-guidance/"

Fire Service leaflet

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