Every home in Scotland – not just new builds or privately rented – but all homes will require to have fire safety devices fitted by February 2021.
- A smoke alarm fitted in the living room or lounge, and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings.
- A heat alarm in the kitchen
- Alarms to be interlinked so they can be heard throughout the property.
- A carbon monoxide alarm is required where there are fixed combustion appliances.
It will be the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure compliance and it is hoped that most people will do this before 2021.
The new regulations come about after the Grenfell tragedy. 72 people lost their lives as a result of the fire which broke out in the multi storey block of flats in London on 14th of June 2017. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is still ongoing.
More information on fire safety visits which are free can be had from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
David McGown,Assistant Chief Officer ,Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said:
“The presence of working smoke and heat detectors has been proven to significantly reduce casualties and fatalities occurring as a result of fires within the home.
“Scottish Fire and Rescue Service therefore welcomes any change that improves safety in the home for all residents, regardless of tenure.”
Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister in the Scottish Government said:
“We are committed to achieving improved fire safety in homes across Scotland and we are clear that one death from residential fires is one too many.
“These new regulations ensure that everyone will benefit from the same high level of protection – whether they own their home or rent from a social or private landlord.”
“Although the standards come into force in February 2021 we hope most people will recognise the additional safety benefits and take action sooner.”