Fire and Smoke Alarms – Changes to the Law in Scotland


Just in case some of you haven’t seen the recent issue of Scottish Government policy on Home Fire Safety, please follow the links below to find out more.

These changes to the law will come into force in February 2021 and will apply to all homes in Scotland.

In a nutshell, every home will require:

– a smoke alarm in the living room and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings

– a heat alarm in every kitchen

– all alarms ceiling mounted and interlinked

– a carbon monoxide alarm where there are fixed combustion appliances such as boilers and wood burners

Given the impact of COVID-19, and the resulting potential installation difficulties, there will be an attempt to seek the Scottish Parliament’s approval to delay implementation of this legislation for a period of 12 months, but it may be worth starting to look into this sooner rather than later.

Please get in touch with our Scottish office if you have any questions.