What is the new law?

By the 1st of February 2022, all homeowners and landlords in Scotland are required to have interlinked alarms in their properties. Every home must have:

  • One smoke alarm in the living room or the room you use most.
  • One smoke alarm in every hallway or landing.
  • One heat alarm in the kitchen.
  • All smoke and heat alarms mounted on the ceiling and interlinked.
  • If you have a carbon-fuelled appliance, you must also have a carbon monoxide detector in that room. This does not have to be interlinked to the other fire alarms.

What is “interlinked?”

Interlinked means if one goes off, they all go off, so you will always hear an alarm wherever you are in your home.

Why is this important?

From February, if you are selling property you will need to meet these regulations for your home report.

Likewise, it can affect your house insurance in the event of a fire/claim.

For more information please visit the Scottish Government website or contact a qualified electrician. If you are seeking legal advice about property please get in touch with us.