Protecting Your Home in Line with The New Fire Safety Legislation

In News by Thea Vermeulen

First introduced in January 2019 the new legislation will ensure that every home in Scotland will have the same level of Fire and Carbon Monoxide protection regardless of whether they own or rent their home. The regulations will come in to force in February 2022 after the Scottish Government announced a delay to support during the COVID-19 pandemic, however following the guidance as soon as possible will ensure your home is protected.

What does the new tolerable standard mean for each home?

The standard states that from February 2022 all homes in Scotland must have:

  • one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living
  • one smoke alarm in every circulation space on each storey e.g. in hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm installed in every kitchen
  • a carbon monoxide alarm should be installed where there is a flue or a carbon-fuelled appliance
    (such as a boiler, a fire – including open fires, and heaters)

All smoke and heat alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked (either hardwired or wirelessly), and where battery powered, should contain a tamper-proof lithium battery sealed within the unit.

Carbon monoxide alarms do not have to be interlinked into the network under the guidelines of the new standard, however doing so will ensure an alert to carbon monoxide is heard across the whole network too.

We at T.B. Mackay Energy Services can help you install, service and interlinked current fire and smoke alarm systems. Our skilled and qualified team of electricians can help make sure that your home is line with the new legislation.

For more information contact us on 0131 552 6103 or book your installation now.