Current law in Scotland makes it mandatory to have a minimum number of smoke alarms and heat detectors fitted in rented accommodation and new builds. However following the Grenfell tragedy in June 2017, where 72 people lost their lives due to a fire sweeping quickly through a tower block in London, a consultation was set up by the Scottish Government. Its aim was to look at the importance of fire safety in private properties. The result of this consultation has led to proposed amendments to the current ‘Housing (Scotland) Act’ to bring fire safety requirements in private properties into line with rented properties and new builds.
If the proposed changes to legislation go ahead the new rules are set to come into force sometime in 2020.
If this happens, then after this date all privately owned homes would require:
- at least one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used
- at least one smoke alarm in spaces such as hallways and landings
- at least one heat alarm in the kitchen
- a carbon monoxide detector
- alarms would have to be replaced every 10 years
- alarms would have to be ceiling mounted and interlinked
Stronger fire safety standards and working smoke and heat detectors have been proven to significantly reduce casualties and fatalities occurring due to fires in the home. If the proposed changes go ahead in 2020 this will mean that everyone will have the same level of protection from fire in their home regardless of whether it is privately owned, rented from a social landlord, private landlord or letting agency.
If you need some help or advice on fitting smoke alarms and heat detectors in your property, Aberdeen Electricians Ltd can help. Get in touch or give us a call on 01224 900077