Fire and smoke alarms: changes to the law in Scotland

New fire safety legislation within Scotland was introduced on 1st February 2019, this extends the already high standard of protection from fire and carbon monoxide. Private landlords were already required to protect tenants. Now, this new legislation will ensure all households, including social housing, are equally protected.

The legislation in Scotland states that all homes must have as legal requirement:Electrical contractors Glasgow

  • A smoke alarm installed in the living room, hallway and landing (and any other rooms that are most frequently used for general living purposes)
  • A heat alarm installed in the kitchen
  • Smoke and heat alarms must be interlinked
  • Mains powered or 10-year life battery powered alarms
  • A carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a boiler, fire, gas hob or a flue

Why has legislation changed?

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, a Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety was established to review Scotland’s building and fire safety regulatory frameworks. As part of this work, the group agreed that a consultation on fire and smoke alarms, originally planned for later this year, should be prioritised.

What types of housing will be covered by the new standard?

All homes will be covered by the new standard and it will be the property owner’s responsibility to meet the new standard.

Next steps for registered providers & landlords

As outlined by the Scottish GOV, “There will be a two-year period for compliance once the regulations are in force, meaning homeowners would have until 2020. However, installing alarms at the earliest opportunity, will provide improved fire safety in your home.”

Despite this two-year compliance window, it is important – particularly if you are a Scottish landlord, registered provider or similar – to act as soon as possible. Not only will this safeguard you from prosecution, but it will ensure your tenants are better protected.

It is unfortunate that Grenfell was the primary reason behind the review into fire safety legislation, but we can only hope that such a tragedy will never happen again considering these updates to the law. With Scotland leading the way, it is expected that the rest of the UK will soon follow suit.

How can Campbell & Kennedy help?

Campbell & Kennedy are accredited by BAFE – the independent register of quality fire safety service providers. We are also members of the Fire Industry Association and work with a variety of organisations to provide the following services:

  • Fire risk assessments
  • Fire alarm system design, installation and maintenance
  • Dry riser testing and maintenance
  • Fire extinguisher inspections
  • Fire detection system design

To find out more about how we can help you comply with the new legislation call us on 0141 435 7774 or email us on commercial@campbellkennedy.co.uk

 

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