Smoke & Heat Alarm Installation

Smoke & Heat Alarm Installation

Covering all of Scotland.

Smoke & Heat Alarm Installation

Scottish Fire safety Legislation for Scottish Homes was updated in February 2022

The law on fire alarms has changed 

Below is Guidance on what you need to know.

 Every home in Scotland must have interlinked fire alarms.

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

The new law has come about because of the Grenfell fire in London in 2017, and it applies to all Scottish homes.

It is the property owner’s responsibility for meeting the new standard.

The new legislation states that Every home must have the following alarms fitted:

  • 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 should be mounted on the ceiling and be interlinked.

If you have a carbon-fuelled appliance – like a boiler, fire, heater, or flue – in any room, you must also have a carbon monoxide detector in that room, but this does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.

At Fire Mitigation Services, we are well aware of the requirements of this new Fire safety legislation and being in the fire safety business, we are well placed to provide you all that you require to keep you safe and comply with the law.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We fit wire free battery-operated smoke and heat alarms which comply with the new Fire safety legislation for domestic properties in Scotland. They have a lithium-ion battery that can last up to 10 years, and they are interlinked via radio frequency.

Although the actual hard-wired alarms are less expensive to buy, you must factor in all the additional work to extend the wiring throughout your home and the cost of an electrician to carry out the works. Also, older alarms may not be compatible with new ones, and they all need to be interlinked

Even if you have some hard-wired smoke alarms installed already, the existing wiring will need to be extended into the living room and kitchen and then you need to purchase all new alarms as your old ones may not be compatible.

Hard wired smoke alarms won’t last any longer than the new battery powered ones.

The new battery powered alarms have batteries that can last up to 10 years and even hard-wired alarms should be replaced after 10 years. 

The cost for the new alarms will vary between properties depending on the floor plan, but for a standard 2 storey house the Scottish government reckon it should cost less than £300. Our prices are considerably less expensive than this.

We think it’s safe to say that no one will be knocking on your door to check your smoke alarms.

Our advice is that you should check with your home insurance provider as there may be an amendment to your policy at some point in the future.

It will also more than likely be highlighted in Home Reports when a property goes up for sale.