New rules come into force in Scotland from February 2022 regarding fire and smoke alarms.
The new rules provide that all homes in Scotland must be fitted with an appropriate number of interlinked alarms. If one alarm is triggered, then all devices must sound.
The number of alarms required depends on the individual property. If a property includes a carbon-fuelled appliance, a carbon monoxide detector is required in the room where the appliance is located.
Two types of alarms are available: sealed battery alarms or mains-wired alarms.
Sealed battery alarms must be a sealed tamper proof unit and have long-life lithium batteries. This means that alarms where you can replace the batteries yourself do not meet the standard. These do not generally require professional installation.
Mains wired alarms must be fitted by a qualified electrician and replaced every 10 years.
Both types of alarm can be purchased online or in many retail stores. They do not operate via wifi and internet access is not required for their operation.
It is important to be aware of the rules for your own home. However, I would recommend you pause for a moment and consider if there are other homes where you should ensure the alarms are in line with the new standard. This could be particularly important for anyone acting as either an Attorney or Guardian, or if you are a trustee of a trust which holds property.
If we at BTO can be of any assistance on this, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Donaldson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0141 221 8012.