SFRS New Legislation - Domestic Smoke Detection (19/10/20)

The attached information is being circulated on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and details the forthcoming requirements regarding fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes. These regulations come into force in February 2021.

There are questions about this date. The Scottish Government may introduce a delay. See below.

To clarify, the new standard requires :-

All alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked. There is also a requirement for carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted where there is a carbon-fuelled appliance (such as boilers, fires (including open fires), heaters and stoves) or a flue.

The following Scottish Government links provide additional guidance :-

SFRS_Fire_and_Smoke_Alarms_v1.0.pdf - 146.1 KB

Message Sent By Willie Clark (NHWN, National Co - ordinator, NW Scotland)

The following news article is available on the Scottish Government website

Change to implementation due to coronavirus impact.

The Scottish Government will ask parliament to delay new regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by 12 months due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) Legislation due to come into effect in February 2021 meant the standard which currently applies to private rented property and new-builds would have been extended to all homes in Scotland. Due to the practical difficulties likely to be faced by homeowners seeking to make the necessary changes to their homes, the Scottish Government will now seek to move implementation back to February 2022. Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, said: “Fire safety is an absolute priority for the Scottish Government, and we remain committed to implementing these improved regulations, which will mean everyone will benefit from the same level of protection, whether they own their home or rent from a social or private landlord. “Given the impact of COVID-19, and the difficulties this is likely to create for people seeking to install new smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, we have listened to concerns and decided to ask the Scottish Parliament to delay implementation. “If this delay is approved, we will continue to work with partners to spread awareness of the changes before the new deadline. Our focus will be on supporting householders to ensure satisfactory fire alarms are installed so we can improve the safety of their homes.”