Alarms to meet Scottish Fire Alarm Regulations
By February 2022 all homes in Scotland are required to have the following alarms installed:
- One smoke alarm - installed in every circulation space on each floor level, such as hallways and landings
- One smoke alarm - installed in the room most used for general daytime living purposes
- One heat alarm - installed in every kitchen space
- One carbon monoxide alarm - installed in every room with a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires, stoves and heaters) or a flue
All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked so that when one alarm is activated, all alarms in the property will sound to provide a synchronised warning throughout.
Carbon Monoxide alarms where fitted do not need to be interlinked with the smoke and heat alarms, however it is recommended that this is done where it is possible to provide the highest level of protection.
The new law details specific requirements for the types of alarms you can use as not every alarm on the market is suitable to meet the new legislation. The following minimum requirements apply:
All alarms must be either mains-powered or powered by a sealed long-life lithium battery which is tamper-proof. Any alarms which are only powered by replaceable batteries (e.g. AA, 9v alkaline etc) are not compliant with the legislation.
All Smoke and Heat alarms must be interlinked to form a connected and synchronised system. This can be achieved either through a hard-wire interlink (an interconnection cable which runs through all alarms) or via wireless radio connection. Stand-alone alarms which cannot be interlinked are not allowed. Carbon monoxide alarms are not required to interlink with the Smoke and Heat alarms, but it is recommended that this is done where possible to offer the highest level of protection.
Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide alarms should all be certified to the necessary standards by an approved third party body such as the BSi (Kitemark) or LPCB.
All of our alarms in this category are fully certified to meet the required standards which are as follows for each alarm type:
Smoke Alarms: BS EN14604:2005
Heat Alarms: BS 5446-2:2003
Carbon Monoxide Alarms: British Kitemark EN 50291-1
To find out everything you need to know about changes in legislation relating to fire and smoke alarms